A new name appears in the commercial space, which we will hear much more in the coming months.he successfully sent six small satellites into orbit onboard one of the electron rockets from a private company's private service in New Zealand on Sunday.
Like, another space enterprise in California, Rocket Lab is supposed to be able to run often and cheaply. The Sunday premiere was the first fully commercial mission, and the company plans weekly premieres by the end of 2020.
The Sunday mission, titled "It & # 39; s Business Time", included satellites belonging to Spire Global, Nano Satellite Systems, Fleet Space Technologies and Irvine CubeSat Stem Program.
The premiere was originally set for April with only four satellites, but it was delayed several times. Two satellites have been added to the load just a few weeks before the start.
During live webcast, Rocket Lab praised at the last minute that he added to his manifesto as a clue that he could quickly reach the place.
"The world is waking up to a new normality: thanks to the Electron electronic vehicle, fast and reliable access to space is now a reality for small satellites," said founder and general director Peter Beck in a statement.
The electronic rocket bore the so-called "drag sail" demonstration, which aims to attract old, inactive satellites into the Earth's atmosphere, where it burns and reduces the amount of space debris in orbit.
Rocket Lab's premiere does not include any landings of high dramas we expected from SpaceX and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin. Instead, the secret Electron sauce comes from its 3D print engines, lightweight composite materials and unique battery-powered fuel pumps.
Next, Rocket Lab plans to introduce in December a packet of 10 cubes for NASA's 19 NASA, and then 16 launches in 2019 from a plant in New Zealand and.
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