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ЦитироватьRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 18 ч. назадWe are thrilled to confirm the next Electron launch will place 3 R&D satellites into orbit for the @usairforce. Scheduled for late April, the DoD Space Test Program procured the mission in partnership with @DIU_x as part of the Rapid Agile Launch Initiative.
ЦитироватьPeter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 3 апр.Flight 6 is on its way to the launch site. Next step, payload integration onto this kick stage!
ЦитироватьStephen Clark @StephenClark1 19 ч. назадRocket Lab confirms three US military satellites will launch this month on the next Electron rocket from New Zealand: SPARC-1, a joint US-Swedish tech demo satellite; Falcon ODE to evaluate tracking of space objects; Harbinger, a commercial smallsat sponsored by the US Army.
ЦитироватьRocket Lab to launch Air Force satellitesby Jeff Foust — April 3, 2019The second Rocket Lab Electron launch will place three smallsats into orbit for the U.S. Air Force in late April. Credit: Rocket Lab/Trevor MahlmannWASHINGTON — Days after Rocket Lab launched a payload for one U.S. military agency, the company announced its next mission will place three technology demonstration satellites into orbit for the U.S. Air Force.Rocket Lab said April 3 its next Electron mission, scheduled for late April, will be for the Defense Department's Space Test Program in partnership with the Defense Innovation Unit. The launch will carry three satellites sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and Army to demonstrate advanced satellite technologies.The largest of the three is Harbinger, a smallsat built by York Space Systems for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Systems Defense Command to test the capabilities of the company's new smallsat platform. Also on the launch is Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1), sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory in cooperation with the Swedish military to test modular spacecraft avionics. The third satellite is the Air Force Academy's Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment (Falcon ODE), which will provide calibrated radar and optical targets for ground-based space situational awareness sensors.The combined payload mass for the mission will be more than 180 kilograms, making this the heaviest Electron payload to date. The company had previously advertised a payload capacity of 150 kilograms to sun-synchronous orbit for the rocket. Peter Beck, chief executive of Rocket Lab, said in an interview that conservative margins for those earlier missions, as well as a lower orbital inclination planned for this mission, enabled the heavier payload.The launch is part of the Air Force's Rapid Agile Launch Initiative (RALI), a congressionally mandated program to support procurement of small launch vehicles in a more commercial manner. According to Air Force budget documents, Congress allocated $14.5 million to the program in fiscal year 2017, of which $5.7 million went to Rocket Lab for a dedicated launch mission."RALI demonstrates rapid procurement and the responsiveness of commercial launch, dedicated launch for small payloads to militarily-relevant orbits, on-demand responsiveness, and increased operational tempo over legacy national launch architecture," Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, stated in prepared testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee's strategic forces subcommittee March 27.The upcoming launch comes after Rocket Lab successfully launched the Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration, or R3D2, satellite for DARPA March 28. The launch was the first Electron mission of 2019, delayed by about a month because of payload readiness.Beck said that the company expects to perform future launches on a monthly basis. "We have a whole raft of spacecraft that are on the books for this year, so we're moving straight into monthly cadence," he said. That includes demonstrating the ability to perform launches two weeks apart before the end of the year.The upcoming launch, like all previous Electron missions, will take place from Rocket Lab's launch site in New Zealand. Beck said that development of a second launch pad at Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport is going "really well" and should be ready to host its first launch before the end of this year.The upcoming launch will be the sixth for the Electron and the fourth since Rocket Lab declared the vehicle operational. Beck said he's seeing growing demand for the vehicle, with the company's 2019 manifest now full and its 2020 manifest also filling up even with a higher cadence of launches planned for next year.That interest comes despite the growing number of other small launch vehicles entering the market — or perhaps because of it, given the delays other vehicles in development have suffered, Beck suggested. "I think we're in a very unique position because we are actually delivering stuff to orbit," he said."What we are seeing is a lot of customers who were kind of 'sold the dream' from some of these other launch companies and realizing that there's still a long way to go, and so they're switching over to fly on Electron," he continued. "I think the market has responded in the kind of way you would expect when you bring on a capability that's reliable, accurate and proven."
ЦитироватьRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 17 мин. назадWe've made a tradition of giving every Electron rocket its own unique name. Our next mission is for the Space Test Program, which is based in New Mexico. That location might just have been the inspiration for this vehicle name and mission patch....#ThatsAFunnyLookingCactus
ЦитироватьRocket Lab to launch three R&D satellites for the U.S. Air ForceRocket Lab to launch three R&D satellites for the U.S. Air Force The mission has been procured by the Space Test Program in partnership with Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as part of its Rapid Agile Launch Initiative.Huntington Beach, California. Thursday 4 April, 2019 – Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab announced today that it will launch experimental research and development (R&D) satellites for the U.S. Air Force in April. The mission will lift-off from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, carrying three R&D spacecraft to Low-Earth Orbit aboard an Electron launch vehicle. The launch will be Rocket Lab's second orbital mission of 2019, and fifth orbital mission overall. The US Space Test Program procured the mission in partnership with Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as part of the Rapid Agile Launch Initiative. This initiative leveraged DIU's knowledge of commercial technology companies, enabling the government to competitively and rapidly award launch service contracts with non-traditional, venture-class launch providers."We are incredibly proud that Rocket Lab has been sel ected by the Space Test Program to launch advanced space technologies that accelerate operational space capabilities," says Rocket Lab's Senior Vice President of Launch Services, Lars Hoffman. "Rocket Lab's streamlined acquisition processes, coupled with our proven reliably and performance, made Electron the perfect launch vehicle for this mission. We look forward to working with our mission partners to continue offering world-leading access to space."The satellites onboard the mission will represent Rocket Lab's heaviest launch to date, with the total payload weighing in at more than 180 kg. The three experiments onboard will demonstrate advanced space technologies and accelerate the fielding of future operational space capabilities. The Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1) mission, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), is a joint Swedish-United States experiment to explore technology developments in avionics miniaturization, software defined radio systems, and space situational awareness (SSA). The Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment (Falcon ODE), sponsored by the United States Air Force Academy, will evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects. Harbinger, a commercial small satellite built by York Space Systems, will demonstrate the ability of an experimental commercial system to meet US Government space capability requirements.With proven flight heritage fr om multiple orbital missions, Rocket Lab is the only fully commercial small satellite launch service provider in operation. The experienced Rocket Lab team has delivered 25 satellites to orbit to date, and the company is producing an Electron rocket every 30 days to meet a continued monthly launch cadence in 2019, scaling to launches every two weeks next year.Each individual Electron rocket is given a unique name that reflects the mission. The Electron for this flight is called "That's a Funny Looking Cactus" to reflect Space Test Program's base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
ЦитироватьLAUNCH INFORMATIONRocket Lab's next mission is the STP-27RD launch. The mission is scheduled for lift-off from Launch Complex 1 no earlier than 4 May 2019 NZST. The launch window remains open for a total of 14 days. The timing of the daily 4-hour launch windows will be published on this page in the coming days. The satellites on board this mission will represent Rocket Lab's heaviest launch to date, with the total payload weighing in at more than 180 kg. There are three research and development experiments on board for the U.S. Air Force, including:[/li]The Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1) mission, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), is a joint Swedish-United States experiment to explore technology developments in avionics miniaturization, software defined radio systems, and space situational awareness (SSA).The Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment (Falcon ODE), sponsored by the United States Air Force Academy, will evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects, such as space junk.The Harbinger research payload is a commercial small satellite built by York Space Systems that will demonstrate the ability of an experimental commercial system to meet government space capability requirements.
ЦитироватьPeter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 8 ч. назадThe next flight is on the pad as we run through a wet dress rehearsal in preparation for launch soon. It's exciting to think that the last Electron lifted off less than a few weeks ago!Rocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 7 ч. назадElectron is on the pad at LC-1 today for wet dress rehearsal operations ahead of the STP-27RD mission. The launch window opens early May, just weeks after our last launch. Frequent and reliable launch for small satellites is here.
ЦитироватьRocket Lab's next mission is the STP-27RD launch. The mission is scheduled for lift-off from Launch Complex 1 no earlier than 4 May 2019 NZST. The launch window remains open for a total of 14 days. Launch attempts will take place between 18:00 - 22:00 NZST (06:00 - 10:00 UTC) within the launch window.
ЦитироватьAF SMC @AF_SMC 33 мин. назадSMC is partnering with emerging small launch industry for low-cost, responsive access to space. Next week we will launch 3 R&D satellites from Mahia, NZ on Rocket Lab USA's Electron rocket! This is the essence of SMC 2.0!Learn more at https://www.rocketlabusa.com/next-mission/launch-complex-1/ ...#SpaceStartsHere
ЦитироватьRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 25 мин. назадIt's beginning to feel like launch week! The payloads for the STP-27RD mission have been integrated onto Electron's Kick Stage and fairing encapsulation is complete. The 14-day launch window window opens on 4 May UTC and yes, we will be live streaming launch.
ЦитироватьRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 3 ч. назадWhat goes into designing a mission patch? Here's the story behind the STP-27RD patch. #ThatsAFunnyLookingCactus
ЦитироватьNZZC B2513/19 - DANGER AREA NZD495 (EAST MAHIA, HAWKE'S BAY) ACT.REF AIP SUP 19/19. SFC - FL999, 04 MAY 05:30 2019 UNTIL 04 MAY 10:35 2019.CREATED: 02 MAY 00:39 2019 B2514/19 - RESTRICTED AREA NZR401 (MAHIA, HAWKE BAY) ACT.SFC - 13500FT AMSL, 04 MAY 05:30 2019 UNTIL 04 MAY 10:35 2019.CREATED: 02 MAY 00:41 2019 HYDROPAC 1434/2019 (76,83)SOUTH PACIFIC.DNC 06.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS 0600Z TO 1000Z DAILY 04 MAY THRU 17 MAY IN AREAS BOUND BY: A. 39-26S 175-59W, 39-27S 171-30W, ....40-40S 171-29W, 40-36S 176-00W. B. 39-00S 163-30W, 39-00S 157-00W, ....40-00S 157-00W, 41-00S 163-00W.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 171100Z MAY 19.( 282255Z APR 2019 )HYDROPAC 1435/2019 (76)SOUTH PACIFIC.DNC 06.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING 0600Z TO 1000Z DAILY 04 MAY THRU 17 MAY IN AREAS BOUND BY: 39-12.50S 177-51.00E, 39-14.00S 178-11-54E, 39-20.50S 178-11.36E, 39-19.00S 177-49.00E, 39-15.00S 177-49.00E2. CANCEL THIS MSG 171100Z MAY 19.( 282310Z APR 2019 )
ЦитироватьRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 2 ч. назадWe're so excited to launch the innovative technology demonstrators on the STP-27RD mission. Today we'll be posting some info about each of the three payloads, starting off with the largest one on board - Harbinger.1 ч. назадNext up on the STP-27RD mission is the Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment. A small but mighty CubeSat designed to evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects.1 ч. назадThe final payload on the STP-27RD mission is the Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1). This joint Swedish-United States experiment is the culmination of more than a decade of research activity!
ЦитироватьPeter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 4 мин. назадLaunch readiness review is complete and we are GO for launch tomorrow!