Second rocket arrives at Mahia launch site

ROCKET Lab’s second Electron orbital launch vehicle has arrived at Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, and pre-flight checks have started in the lead up to Rocket Lab’s second test flight.

The test window dates are expected to be announced in coming weeks.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said the rocket is performing well through rigorous tests and the team is focused on final flight preparations.

“It’s a great feeling to have another rocket on the pad. To be preparing for a second flight just months after an inaugural test is unprecedented for a new launch vehicle. It’s testament to Electron’s robust design and the hard-working team behind it,” he said.

Improved weather and natural disaster prediction, internet from space and real-time crop monitoring are some of the benefits of more frequent and cost-effective access to low Earth orbit, he said.

‘Still Testing’ will carry an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet and Lemur-2 satellites for Spire for weather mapping and ship traffic tracking.

“Carrying payloads is a significant step for the Electron programme, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data and test systems for the deployment stage of a mission.

“Electron will go through a series of final checks and tests in coming weeks before a yet-to-be-announced launch window opens.

As the flight is still a test, Rocket Lab anticipates several “scrubs”, or postponements, during the second test flight attempt.

For real-time updates throughout the launch window, follow Rocket Lab on Twitter @RocketLab

ROCKET Lab’s second Electron orbital launch vehicle has arrived at Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, and pre-flight checks have started in the lead up to Rocket Lab’s second test flight.

The test window dates are expected to be announced in coming weeks.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said the rocket is performing well through rigorous tests and the team is focused on final flight preparations.

“It’s a great feeling to have another rocket on the pad. To be preparing for a second flight just months after an inaugural test is unprecedented for a new launch vehicle. It’s testament to Electron’s robust design and the hard-working team behind it,” he said.

Improved weather and natural disaster prediction, internet from space and real-time crop monitoring are some of the benefits of more frequent and cost-effective access to low Earth orbit, he said.

‘Still Testing’ will carry an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet and Lemur-2 satellites for Spire for weather mapping and ship traffic tracking.

“Carrying payloads is a significant step for the Electron programme, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data and test systems for the deployment stage of a mission.

“Electron will go through a series of final checks and tests in coming weeks before a yet-to-be-announced launch window opens.

As the flight is still a test, Rocket Lab anticipates several “scrubs”, or postponements, during the second test flight attempt.

For real-time updates throughout the launch window, follow Rocket Lab on Twitter @RocketLab

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