Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab and JAXA team to launch space debris removal mission

Rocket Lab and JAXA team to launch space debris removal mission

Private aerospace company Rocket Lab has announced plans to launch a space debris removal demonstration mission on behalf of Japan's space agency JAXA. The launch will involve Rocket Lab's Electron rocket and Astroscale Japan's Active Debris Removal satellite. JAXA selected the technology demonstration as part of its first phase Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration Project.

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NASA chooses Rocket Lab for ESCAPADE Mars mission

NASA chooses Rocket Lab for ESCAPADE Mars mission

NASA has given the green light to a new Martian mission led by the University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory called ESCAPADE. The mission has a goal of studying the magnetosphere of Mars. NASA has also confirmed that Rocket Lab spacecraft will be used for the mission. Rocket Lab will provide a pair of Photon spacecraft.

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Rocket Lab will supply multiple rockets to Varda Space Industries

Rocket Lab will supply multiple rockets to Varda Space Industries

Rocket Lab has announced that it has inked a deal with a company called Varda Space Industries. Varda is an in-space manufacturing company, and the deal will see Rocket Lab produce three Photon spacecraft to be integrated into the Varda space factories. The goal is to enable products to be manufactured in zero gravity and then returned to Earth using the Varda re-entry capsule.

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Rocket Lab to send NASA’s CAPSTONE mission to the moon

Rocket Lab to send NASA’s CAPSTONE mission to the moon

Rocket Lab is a company that uses small rockets to place light payloads into orbit using the Electron launch vehicle. The company has announced that it will be launching a mission for NASA to the moon from its launch site in New Zealand. Currently, the launch is scheduled to happen sometime in Q4 2021.

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Rocket Lab successfully launches Space Force’s Monolith satellite payload

Rocket Lab successfully launches Space Force’s Monolith satellite payload

Rocket Lab has successfully launched a payload for the US Space Force, the private space company announced today. The mission, which is called "It's a Little Chile Up Here," sent a demonstration satellite called Monolith to space for the US government. Unlike the company's May launch, this one happened without incident.

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Rocket Lab turns out a new rocket every 20 days using robotics

Rocket Lab turns out a new rocket every 20 days using robotics

Rocket Lab recently shared a tweet with a short video, which can be seen below, that shows the robot it uses to be able to turn out a new rocket every 20 days. The robot is called Rosie, and it's always working on building rockets. In a separate tweet, Peter Beck shared images of rocket components stating that one rocket was rolling off the assembly line every 20 days and that the next rocket would be on the launchpad soon.

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Rocket Lab wins NASA Mars spacecraft deal to prove its cost theory

Rocket Lab wins NASA Mars spacecraft deal to prove its cost theory

Rocket Lab is building two Mars spacecraft for NASA, with the two unmanned Photon probes headed to the red planet to not only do research but also demonstrate the practicality of more affordable space tech. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission is currently scheduled to launch in 2024, hitching a ride aboard a NASA-provided commercial launch vehicle.

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Rocket Lab launch on Saturday morning ends in failure

Rocket Lab launch on Saturday morning ends in failure

One of the companies that is performing commercial space operations is Rocket Lab. Saturday morning, Rocket Lab launched its 20th mission using its Electron rocket and ran into a significant issue. Not long into the flight, the second stage engine failed shortly after ignition.

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Rocket Lab announces Neutron rocket to go toe-to-toe with SpaceX

Rocket Lab announces Neutron rocket to go toe-to-toe with SpaceX

Rocket Lab today unveiled a new plan to build an 8-ton reusable rocket called Neutron. The Neutron rocket will be quite a bit bigger than Rocket Lab's current claim to fame, the Electron rocket, and obviously, that means it'll be used for different purposes. Rocket Lab still envisions using the Neutron to fly satellites into space, but it also plans to use the rocket for interplanetary missions, missions to the International Space Station, and human spaceflight.

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Rocket Lab successfully recovers its first stage booster

Rocket Lab successfully recovers its first stage booster

Rocket Lab is a company aiming to follow SpaceX and Blue Origin in putting commercial payloads into space. SpaceX lost many first-stage rockets in the recovery attempt before successfully and routinely recovering its rockets today. Rocket Lab recently launched a payload and attempted to recover its first stage rocket for the first time.

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