Rocket Lab Schedules November Liftoff

Rocket Lab has confirmed it will launch not one, but two rockets, in rapid succession before the end of the year – including a landmark launch for NASA.

United-States-based orbital launch provider Rocket Lab scrubbed two attempts to launch the company’s “it’s Business Time” mission from Rocket Lab’s launch facility at Mahia Peninsula earlier this year but chief executive Peter Beck has confirmed the mission would go again in November – with another Electron rocket to launch just weeks later.

Beck said the speedy turnaround between launches was possible thanks to designing the Electron rocket for rapid manufacture, as well as Launch Complex-1’s ability to process and launch vehicles quickly on the Mahia Peninsula.

Photo: Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket poised for lift off before a launch scrub in June. For morCapturee on this and other great Hawke’s Bay stories go to Posted: 10 August 2018