June 25, 2018

Ground antenna problem scrubs Rocket Lab’s first commercial launch

June 23, 2018

Problems with a downrange tracking station kept Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher on the ground in New Zealand Friday, U.S. time, and the company ordered a two-day delay to resolve the issues and wait for improved weather. Rocket Lab pushed back the launch again to Tuesday because of unfavorable weather.

Live coverage: Electron rocket launch delayed to Tuesday

June 22, 2018

Rocket Lab’s first commercial flight of its privately-developed Electron satellite booster was planned Friday, U.S. time, from the company’s launch base in New Zealand, carrying a suite of satellites for U.S. and German companies and educational institutions. But problems with a downrange ground station forced officials to scrub the launch, and Rocket Lab has decided to wait for improved weather. Liftoff is set for no earlier than 8:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0030 GMT Wednesday).

Soyuz rocket lifts off with 73 satellites

July 14, 2017

A Russian Soyuz booster lifted off Friday from Kazakhstan on a complex mission to deploy 73 satellites into three different orbits, including a Russian spacecraft to locate forest fires, 48 CubeSats for Planet’s global Earth observation fleet, and eight nanosatellites for Spire Global’s commercial weather network.

Soyuz rolled out for launch of multinational satellite cluster

July 12, 2017

A Soyuz rocket arrived at a launch pad Tuesday in Kazakhstan for liftoff later this week with a satellite to monitor natural disasters and track forest fires from orbit and 72 secondary payloads from Russia, the United States, Germany, Norway and Japan.

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