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Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby drew » Tue May 16, 2017 10:30 am

Rocket Lab, the U.S.-New Zealand company developing the Electron small launch vehicle, plans to carry out its first flight in a window that opens May 21.

The company announced May 14 that a 10-day window for the first Electron launch, which the company has dubbed “It’s a Test,” will open at 5 p.m. Eastern May 21 (9 a.m. local time May 22) from the company’s launch site at Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island.


http://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-sets-date-for-first-electron-launch/
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby SpaceManMat » Tue May 16, 2017 7:01 pm

Great news, I'm sure regardless we will see some footage show up.
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby OverTheTop » Tue May 16, 2017 8:45 pm

Looking forward to seeing these guys have a great launch!

Electric turbopumps, 3D printed engines. Lots of good stuff happening :D
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby air.command » Thu May 25, 2017 4:05 pm

Looks like a successful flight? though not many details yet. Twitter post says "Made it to space. Team delighted. More to follow! #ItsaTest"
Not sure if the "made it to space" means orbital or sub-orbital. Here are some launch videos on their twitter feed:

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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby OverTheTop » Fri May 26, 2017 8:01 am

Great effort from Rocket Lab!


Will be interesting to see what they learned from the launch and how many goals were achieved.

Keep up the good work :)
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby SpaceManMat » Fri May 26, 2017 9:57 pm

Nicely done

Found this video from the first stage. Interestingly it was in a slow spin the whole way.
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby CATO » Sat May 27, 2017 10:39 am

http://www.space.com/37003-rocket-lab-electron-booster-debut-launch-falls-short.html

Speaking to reporters less than 12 hours after the first Electron rocket bolted off its seaside launchpad in New Zealand, Beck said the booster's first and second stages separated as planned, but the upper stage, which doubled as a test payload, failed to reach its desired orbit about 310 miles (500 kilometers) above Earth.
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby CATO » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:27 pm

Patches have arrived.

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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby Digit » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:43 pm

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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby OverTheTop » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:58 am

Congratulations to Rocket Lab :) :) :) . That's twice NZ has beaten Australia to space. Shows what is possible when given support at government levels.

Their first flight would have gone orbital too, if the ground tracking equipment had been configured correctly by the external contractor providing it. As it was it still performed correctly, including staging and fairing separation, until the FTS was triggered by the RSO.

Keep up the good work everyone involved with this.
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby SpaceManMat » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:34 am

Nice work Rocket Lab
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby drew » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:28 am

Good on them! I'm very happy they were successful!
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby SpaceManMat » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:48 pm

Nice article here about the electron. I did like theier unique battery hot swap and jettison.

http://spaceflight101.com/spacerockets/electron/
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby CATO » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:41 am

Rocket Labs are "Still Testing"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg5234BOED8
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Re: Rocket Lab prepares for Electron test launch

Postby SpaceManMat » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:39 pm

Some more interesting info about the mission

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