January 20, 2018

Rocket Lab test launch halted by ship traffic, deteriorating weather

January 20, 2018

An attempt to place three small satellites in orbit on an experimental test flight was halted Friday after two ships strayed into a keep-out zone offshore Rocket Lab’s privately-owned launch base in New Zealand, delaying the Electron booster’s second demonstration mission at least 24 hours.

Live coverage: Test flight of Rocket Lab’s commercial satellite launcher scrubbed

January 19, 2018

Ground crews in New Zealand are readying Rocket Lab’s second Electron launcher for liftoff as soon as Saturday, U.S. time, on an experimental test flight after ship traffic and deteriorating weather kept the booster grounded Friday. The privately-developed booster is set to blast off from New Zealand’s North Island with three small satellites on-board during a four-hour window opening at 8:30 p.m. EST Saturday (0130 GMT; 2:30 p.m. New Zealand time Sunday).

Electron test launch from New Zealand could happen this weekend

January 16, 2018

The second test flight of Rocket Lab’s privately-developed Electron satellite booster could take off from New Zealand as soon as Friday night, U.S. time, after technical problems and high winds kept the rocket grounded during a series of launch attempts in December.

Rocket Lab test launch delayed to early 2018

December 16, 2017

The launch of a light-class booster by Rocket Lab, a U.S.-New Zealand company aiming to provide rides to orbit for small satellites, has been delayed to early next year after technical reviews, repairs and unfavorable weather combined to keep the test flight grounded this week.

Rocket Lab begins new countdown with fix for propulsion system glitch

December 13, 2017

With a fix in place for a propulsion system alarm that cut short a countdown in the final seconds Monday, U.S. time, Rocket Lab readied an Electron rocket for another try Wednesday night, but unfavorable upper level winds kept the booster grounded. The Electron rocket is awaiting launch on a test flight aiming to deliver three small commercial CubeSats to orbit from a remote New Zealand launch pad.

Live coverage: Rocket Lab’s second Electron launch delayed to early 2018

December 10, 2017

Rocket Lab announced Saturday it will hold off launching an Electron rocket on an orbital test flight until early 2018 as officials face the end of a 10-day pre-approved launch window, after a series of scrubs to ensure the booster is ready for liftoff and wait for ideal weather conditions.

Rocket Lab pushes back second Electron launch to Sunday

December 7, 2017

Rocket Lab plans to roll out the company’s second light-class Electron rocket to its launch pad in New Zealand on Thursday for final countdown preparations, but officials have delayed liftoff to no earlier than Sunday night, U.S. time.

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