Launch activity: SpaceX Falcon 9 makes very rare polar launch from Cape Canaveral, Rocket Lab’s Electron returns to flight, as ULA Delta IV Heavy suffers hot-abort on launch pad (Updated)

Launch activity: SpaceX Falcon 9 makes very rare polar launch from Cape Canaveral, Rocket Lab’s Electron returns to flight, as ULA Delta IV Heavy suffers hot-abort on launch pad (Updated)

Given that Vandenberg, California, is the main launch site for US missions to polar and near polar Sun-synchronous orbit launches, it was a surprise that SpaceX elected to use Cape Canaveral to launch Argentina’s second three metric ton radar satellite,...
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...