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Rocket Lab successfully launches commercial radar satellite

Capitalism in space: Rocket Lab today successfully used its Electron rocket to place a commercial radar Earth observation satellite into orbit.

This was the company’s 30th successful launch. As of this writing, the satellite itself has not yet deployed.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

41 SpaceX
37 China
11 Russia
7 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise now leads China 57 to 37 in the national rankings, and the entire world combined 57 to 56. The 57 successful American launches so for this year ties for third place with 1964 and 1967 for launches in a year. The record number of U.S. launches in a single year was 70, in 1966. That record should almost certainly be topped this year.

SpaceX will once again attempt to launch 54 Starlink satellites later tonight, having cancelled several times this week due to weather.

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  • sippin_bourbon

    This is also a record for Rocket Lab. They had never gotten above 6 successful launches in a year.

    They now have 7 for 2022, and 10 straight successes. They have at least two more planned for this year, but possibly more, but as I understand it, it depends much on the customers for those missions. Since April, they have one launch a month. I am hoping they can maintain that through the end of the year. Regular launch cadence speaks to growing reliability of the system and the company.

    Interestingly, not counting the first test mission, the two failures were with the 2nd stage. The test mission failed due to a software glitch on the ground, that led the RSO to believe something was wrong, and terminating the flight. The Electron 1st stage booster itself has never failed.

    And as I pointed out in a different thread a week or two back, this is a private company, flying their private launch system, from a private space port. The US government has been only one of many other customers.

    I like that they plan to launch from the US also, but I wish it was from a private port here as well and not NASA turf, but I will take it for now. Maybe in the future.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Yes, Well aware of that drama.

    Progress at the speed of government.

    “After the committee announced that they could have a meeting to plan a get together with the intent to agree to discuss the issues at a future date, things really started to move forward. Decision making is hard process in a bureaucracy, and there is always the constant danger of getting ahead of oneself…”

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