Rocket Lab gets two more launches for US NRO as Japan’s Epsilon signs Vietnam’s LOTUSat-1; Terran 1 gets six from Iridium…as SpaceX also gets two cubesats for its rideshares

Rocket Lab gets two more launches for US NRO as Japan’s Epsilon signs Vietnam’s LOTUSat-1; Terran 1 gets six from Iridium…as SpaceX also gets two cubesats for its rideshares

Rocket Lab, the US-New Zealand-based small launch provider, has won a two-launch RASR (Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket) contract from the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Both launches on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will take place from the company’s...
Rocket Lab gets two more launches for US NRO as Japan’s Epsilon signs Vietnam’s LOTUSat-1; Terran 1 gets six from Iridium…as SpaceX also gets two cubesats for its rideshares

Arianespace Vega loses satellite to Rocketlab’s Electron as Virgin Orbit’s VOX Space signs up three bookings; Exolaunch picks Falcon 9 and Spaceflight picks Firefly Alpha

After delays to Vega’s launch schedule caused by a failure, the shutdown of the Kourou launch site in French Guiana due to the coronavirus outbreak was the last straw for the prospective Japanese synthetic aperture radar (SAR) constellation operator, Synspective. The...
Ordering a launch becomes a very fast business as NRO announces booking on Electron less than two weeks before launch (Updated on 31 Jan 2019)

Ordering a launch becomes a very fast business as NRO announces booking on Electron less than two weeks before launch (Updated on 31 Jan 2019)

The idea of “rapid launch” – much mooted in the past – is finally becoming a reality. New Zealand-based rocket provider Rocket Lab has announced that the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has ordered an Electron launch for its NRO-151 mission, unofficially...