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Rocket Lab returns to flight, successfully launching a Japanese commercial radar satellite

Rocket Lab today successfully launched a Japanese commercial radar satellite, its Electron rocket lifting off from one of its two New Zealand launchpads.

This was the company’s first launch since September, when its Electron rocket experiened a failure in its upper stage.

No attempt was made to recover the first stage, likely because it was decided to keep this return to flight as simple as possible.

The leaders in the 2023 launch race:

91 SpaceX
59 China
16 Russia
8 Rocket Lab
7 India

American private enterprise now leads China in successful launches 104 to 59, and the entire world combined 104 to 93. SpaceX still trails the rest of the world combined (excluding American companies) 91 to 93.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 

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One comment

  • sippin_bourbon

    Faster recovery and return to orbital flight than Blue Origin’s sub orbital rocket.

    This speaks well of RL, and well, I cannot say speaks poorly of BO, because really, I am not sure there is anything positive to say about BO.

    They are such a disappointment.

    SpaceX is such an amazing company, and the fact that they have been able to build the process for launches absent any real competition is amazing. Rocket Lab is a very distant 2nd.

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