Rocket Lab ready for second test

READY FOR LIFT OFF: Rocket Lab’s Electron Still Testing all set for launch. From next Saturday, Rocket Lab opens a nine-day launch window from its Mahia base. Picture supplied

AEROSPACE company Rocket Lab will open a nine-day launch window at its Mahia pad from Saturday, January 20.

This will be the company’s second test launch of the Electron rocket.

From that time, a four-hour launch window will open daily from 2.30pm.

The test launch, titled Still Testing, follows the successful inaugural Electron test on May 25 last year.

Rocket Lab tried to get Still Testing launched in mid-December, but after a week of aborted attempts, delayed the second test flight.

Still Testing will carry an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet and two Lemur-2 satellites for Spire for weather and ship tracking, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data and test systems for the deployment stage of a mission.

“Increased access to space will vastly improve humanity’s ability to build orbital infrastructure, such as constellations of weather and Earth-imaging satellites," said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck.

“These will provide more data about our planet and enable us as a species to make informed decisions about how we better manage our impact.

“Once again, we’re expecting to scrub multiple times as we wait for perfect conditions and make sure everything on the vehicle is performing as it should.”

The test launch attempt will only proceed if conditions are ideal.

Due to the nature of launching rockets, planned lift-offs are often subject to multiple postponements, or scrubs, to allow for small, technical modifications and to wait for ideal weather.

The Still Testing launch attempt will be live streamed to the public.

A live stream will be available 15 minutes before a launch attempt and will be viewable on YouTube and at www.rocketlab.co.nz

As part of the launch attempt, parts of Mahia East Coast Road and some sea areas will be closed to the public at limited times.

Rocket Lab thanks the Mahia community for its hospitality, and is grateful for the support of staff and volunteers from police, fire service, the volunteer fire brigade, St John, the harbour master, Wairoa District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, MBIE, LINZ, DPMC, Maritime NZ, RCCNZ, CAA and Airways NZ.

AEROSPACE company Rocket Lab will open a nine-day launch window at its Mahia pad from Saturday, January 20.

This will be the company’s second test launch of the Electron rocket.

From that time, a four-hour launch window will open daily from 2.30pm.

The test launch, titled Still Testing, follows the successful inaugural Electron test on May 25 last year.

Rocket Lab tried to get Still Testing launched in mid-December, but after a week of aborted attempts, delayed the second test flight.

Still Testing will carry an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet and two Lemur-2 satellites for Spire for weather and ship tracking, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data and test systems for the deployment stage of a mission.

“Increased access to space will vastly improve humanity’s ability to build orbital infrastructure, such as constellations of weather and Earth-imaging satellites," said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck.

“These will provide more data about our planet and enable us as a species to make informed decisions about how we better manage our impact.

“Once again, we’re expecting to scrub multiple times as we wait for perfect conditions and make sure everything on the vehicle is performing as it should.”

The test launch attempt will only proceed if conditions are ideal.

Due to the nature of launching rockets, planned lift-offs are often subject to multiple postponements, or scrubs, to allow for small, technical modifications and to wait for ideal weather.

The Still Testing launch attempt will be live streamed to the public.

A live stream will be available 15 minutes before a launch attempt and will be viewable on YouTube and at www.rocketlab.co.nz

As part of the launch attempt, parts of Mahia East Coast Road and some sea areas will be closed to the public at limited times.

Rocket Lab thanks the Mahia community for its hospitality, and is grateful for the support of staff and volunteers from police, fire service, the volunteer fire brigade, St John, the harbour master, Wairoa District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, MBIE, LINZ, DPMC, Maritime NZ, RCCNZ, CAA and Airways NZ.

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