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ЦитатаRocket Lab to launch rideshare mission for SpaceflightRocket Lab to launch rideshare mission for SpaceflightThe mission will be Rocket Lab's seventh Electron launch and continues the company's monthly launch cadenceHuntington Beach, California. 10 May, 2019 - Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, announced today that its next flight will launch multiple spacecraft on a mission procured by satellite rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight. The launch window will open in June, with launch taking place fr om Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula.The mission is Rocket Lab's seventh Electron launch overall and the company's third for 2019, continuing Rocket Lab's average monthly launch cadence. The flight follows dedicated missions launched for DARPA and the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program in the first months of 2019. The mission is named 'Make it Rain' in a nod to the high volume of rainfall in Seattle, where Spaceflight is headquartered, as well in New Zealand wh ere Launch Complex 1 is located. Among the satellites on the mission for Spaceflight are BlackSky's Global-4, two U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Prometheus and Melbourne Space Program's ACRUX-1.Rocket Lab Founder and CEO Peter Beck says rideshares have historically presented a challenge for small satellite operators, as they're often at the mercy of the primary payload's schedule and orbit."This exciting mission with Spaceflight demonstrates the new level of freedom now offered to small satellite operators thanks to Electron," he says. "Rocket Lab puts small satellite operators in charge, offering an unmatched level of control over launch schedule. Thanks to Electron's Kick Stage, we also deliver the kind of precision orbital deployment normally reserved for a prime." The spacecraft manifested on the mission will be delivered to precise, individual orbits by Electron's Kick Stage. Powered by the 3D printed Curie engine, the Kick Stage carries the payloads to a circular orbit before employing a cold gas reaction control system to orient itself for precise deployment of each satellite at pre-defined intervals. This removes the risk of spacecraft recontact during deployment and ensures each spacecraft is deployed to the ideal orbit. Скрытый текст: As the world's leading small satellite launch provider, Rocket Lab has been delivering small satellites to orbit since January 2018. The company has launched 28 satellites on Electron for a range of government and commercial mission partners including NASA, the DOD Space Test Program and DARPA. Rocket Lab's 2019 manifest is fully booked with monthly launches, scaling to a launch every two weeks by the end of the year. The first launch from the company's second launch site, Launch Complex 2, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia, will also take place later this year.
ЦитатаPeter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 1 ч. назадFight 7's final stage test is completed and we are off to the launch pad again for another trip to orbit.
ЦитатаNEXT MISSION: MAKE IT RAINMission Name:Make It RainLaunch Window:Late June 2019Rocket:ElectronLaunch Time:TBCElectron Name:Make It RainLaunch Site:Launch Complex 1MISSION OVERVIEWThe Make It Rain mission will launch multiple spacecraft as part of a rideshare flight procured by Spaceflight. The launch window will open in late June, with launch taking place fr om Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula.The mission is named 'Make it Rain' in a nod to the high volume of rainfall in Seattle, where Spaceflight is headquartered, as well in New Zealand wh ere Launch Complex 1 is located. Among The payloads on the mission for Spaceflight are BlackSky's Global-4 satellite and Melbourne Space Program's ACRUX-1 CubeSat.A live webcast will be made available on launch day.
ЦитатаRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 10 мин. назадElectron has arrived at Launch Complex 1 in preparation for the #MakeItRain mission later this month. The payloads have also arrived and processing is underway. Let's go to space again! http://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/ ...
ЦитатаJeff Foust @jeff_foust 3 мин. назадLars Hoffman, Rocket Lab: next launch in a few weeks; payloads now at the launch site. Will be launching monthly going forward.#ISDC2019
ЦитатаRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 10 мин. назадWe're so excited to see more student-built sats getting to space, like this ACRUX-1 CubeSat which is launching on our #MakeItRain mission with @SpaceflightInc later this month. It's the 1st satellite designed and built by students at @MelbSpace. Hopefully the first of many!
ЦитатаSPACEFLIGHT'S FIRST RIDESHARE MISSION ABOARD A ROCKET LAB ELECTRON READIES FOR LAUNCHBy Jodi SorensenJUNE 12, 2019As the sole customer, Spaceflight commissioned and coordinated launch of seven spacecraft Spaceflight's mission patch for RL-1, its inaugural launch with Rocket LabSeattle - June 12, 2019 -- Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it will launch seven spacecraft from five organizations later this month on Rocket Lab's Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1 at the southern tip of Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. This mission, also called "Make It Rain" by Rocket Lab as a nod to the weather in both Seattle and New Zealand, represents Spaceflight's first of five launches scheduled with Rocket Lab this year."We're looking forward to not only our inaugural flight with Rocket Lab, but a long term partnership to increase access to space via frequent launches," said Curt Blake, CEO of Spaceflight. "Having the Electron in our arsenal of small launch vehicles provides our customers with a low-cost, flexible option to get on orbit."Satellites on the mission include BlackSky's Global-3, two U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Prometheus, Melbourne Space Program's ACRUX-1, two Swarm SpaceBEEs, and an undisclosed customer. Spaceflight managed the procurement, integration, and mission management services for all the customers manifested on the Electron. The cubesats were processed and integrated in Spaceflight's Auburn, Wash.-based facility while BlackSky shipped its microsat directly to the Rocket Lab facility in New Zealand for its final integration by the Spaceflight team. Скрытый текст: "After launching our first two Earth observation satellites to sun synchronous orbit in 2018, we're excited to get Global-3 up in a mid-inclination orbit to further deliver on the rapid revisit rate necessary to monitor locations of interest around the world," said Brian O'Toole, CEO of BlackSky. "As we continue our constellation expansion, it will be critical to leverage the frequent launch cadence Spaceflight offers through Rocket Lab and others, and we're excited to be on this inaugural mission."This mission marks Spaceflight's third launch of 2019. It follows the successful launch and deployment of 21 spacecraft aboard PSLV C45 in March 2019 as well as the GTO-1 mission, launching the first commercial lunar lander in February aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9. Additionally, in December 2018, Spaceflight executed the company's historic dedicated rideshare mission, SSO-A, which launched 64 unique smallsats. To date, the company has negotiated the launch of more than 260 satellites and has plans for approximately 10 more missions in 2019 launching nearly 100 payloads across a wide variety of launch vehicles, including the Falcon 9, Antares, Electron, Vega, Vector, PSLV, and LauncherOne.
Цитата[TH]Launch Window [/TH]27 June - 10 July NZT[TH]Launch Time[/TH]16:30 - 18:30 NZT (04:30 - 06:30 UTC)[TH]Launch Site[/TH]Launch Complex 1
ЦитатаRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 1 мин. назадLet's go to orbit again! We're at L-9 days until the launch window opens for the #MakeItRain mission. The 14-day launch window opens 27 June UTC. And of course, we'll be live streaming Electron lifting off from beautiful Launch Complex 1. http://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission ...
ЦитатаRocket Lab's next launch will loft cluster of satellites on Spaceflight rideshareJune 17, 2019 | Stephen ClarkThe BlackSky Global 3 Earth-imaging satellite is the largest of seven spacecraft slated to launch on Rocket Lab's sixth mission. Credit: Rocket LabRocket Lab's next launch fr om New Zealand is set for no earlier than June 27 with a bundle of spacecraft including a commercial Earth-observing microsatellite for BlackSky, two CubeSats for U.S. Special Operations Command, a pair of tiny prototype data relay nodes for Swarm Technologies, a student-built payload fr om Australia, and a satellite whose identity and owner remain a secret.The rideshare mission was arranged by Spaceflight, a Seattle-based company that specializes in aggregating small satellites and booking a shared flight with a launch provider.The seventh launch of Rocket Lab's Electron booster is scheduled for a two-hour window June 27 opening at 0430 GMT (12:30 a.m. EDT; 4:30 p.m. New Zealand time), the launch company announced Monday. Rocket Lab says it has launch opportunities available through July 10.Seven satellites will ride the 55-foot-tall (17-meter) Electron rocket into orbit roughly 280 miles (450 kilometers) above Earth. It will be Rocket Lab's third mission of 2019 as officials aim to ramp up to a cadence of about one launch per month by the end of the year.The rocket will take off from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1, a privately-operated facility on Mahia Peninsula, located on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island."We're looking forward to not only our inaugural flight with Rocket Lab, but a long term partnership to increase access to space via frequent launches," said Curt Blake, CEO of Spaceflight. "Having the Electron in our arsenal of small launch vehicles provides our customers with a low-cost, flexible option to get on orbit."The mission is nicknamed "Make it Rain" in a nod to the damp climate of Seattle, the home of Spaceflight, and at Rocket Lab's launch site in New Zealand.The biggest payload on the next Electron launch is the BlackSky Global 3 Earth-imaging satellite -- with a launch weight of approximately 123 pounds (56 kilograms) -- set to join BlackSky's first two commercial surveillance craft already in orbit after launches last year.BlackSky is a business unit of Spaceflight Industries, which is also the parent company of Spaceflight, the rideshare launch broker. Скрытый текст: Like the two BlackSky Global satellites currently in space, BlackSky's third satellite will be capable of capturing up to 1,000 color images per day, with a resolution of about 3 feet (1 meter).Last year, Spaceflight Industries announced a joint venture with Thales Alenia Space -- named LeoStella -- to build the next 20 BlackSky satellites in Tukwila, Washington, following the initial block of four smallsats that includes the BlackSky Global 3 spacecraft launching later this month.BlackSky says its fleet of satellites will enable frequent revisits over the same location to help analysts identify changes over short time cycles. The company expects to have eight satellites in orbit by the end of the year, and aims to eventually field a constellation of up to 60 Earth-imaging spacecraft deployed.One major customer for BlackSky could be the U.S. government. The National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the government's spy satellite fleet, announced three study contracts earlier this month with BlackSky, Maxar Technologies and Planet to assess the usefulness of commercial imagery for U.S. intelligence agencies.The payload fairing for Rocket Lab's seventh mission, nicknamed "Make it Rain" in a nod to the high volume of rainfall in Seattle, wh ere Spaceflight is headquartered, as well in New Zealand wh ere Launch Complex 1 is located. Credit: Rocket LabThe June 27 launch will also deliver two Prometheus CubeSats to low Earth orbit for U.S. Special Operations Command. The Prometheus smallsats launching later this month are the latest in a series of CubeSats designed to test low-cost, easy-to-use communications relay technologies that could be used by special operations forces on combat missions.According to information previously released by the military, the Prometheus spacecraft demonstrate the transmission of audio, video and data files from portable, low-profile, remotely-located field units to deployable ground station terminals using over-the-horizon satellite communications.Two SpaceBEE CubeSats from Swarm Technologies, each weighing less than 2 pounds (1 kilogram), will also be aboard the next Electron launch. The "BEE" in SpaceBEE stands for Basic Electronic Element. Скрытый текст: Swarm is developing a low-data-rate satellite communications fleet the company says could be used by connected cars, remote environmental sensors, industrial farming operations, transportation, smart meters, and for text messaging in rural areas outside the range of terrestrial networks.Swarm's first four SpaceBEEs launched in January 2018 aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle without approval from the Federal Communications Commission. After an investigation into the unlicensed launch -- a first for the U.S. commercial satellite industry -- the FCC fined Swarm $900,000 but allowed the launch of three more satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket in December.The FCC raised concerns that the first four SpaceBEEs, each about the size of a sandwich, were too small to be reliably tracked by the military, which maintains a public catalog of objects in orbit. Like the satellites launching this month, the SpaceBEEs shot into orbit in December used a larger design based on a one-unit, or 1U, CubeSat standard.The Electron rocket, with its nine Rutherford first stage engines visible here, is being prepared for launch from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, located on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island. Credit: Rocket LabThe ACRUX 1 CubeSat developed by the Melbourne Space Program, a non-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Melbourne in Australia, is also launching on the Electron rocket. Built by engineering students, ACRUX 1's primary mission is education. Скрытый текст: Australia's first amateur satellite, Australis-OSCAR 5, was also built by students in Melbourne. Launched in 1970, it was the first amateur satellite designed and assembled outside North America."Since then, Australia's satellite-related space capabilities have been stymied by outdated policies and regulation, hindering growth of the nation's space industry and support of its incredible local talent," members of the Melbourne Space Program wrote in an update on the organization's website."In light of these challenges and obstacles, the Melbourne Space Program considers the design and build of ACRUX 1, as well as the successful securing of an international launch and related licenses, as significant accomplishments in themselves," team members wrote on the group's website.The student engineers who developed the ACRUX 1 CubeSat say they will consider the mission fully successful if they receive a "ping" signal from the spacecraft in orbit."Receiving that ping from ACRUX 1 may seem like a modest mission goal, but the truth is far from it," the team wrote. "That ping would mean ACRUX-1 has not only turned on in space, but has also communicated data back to us at our ground station in Greater Melbourne. In other words, it demonstrates that the satellite system built by our engineers actually works in space."A seventh satellite will ride to space on the "Make it Rain" mission, but Spaceflight and Rocket Lab have not revealed its identity or owner.
ЦитатаPeter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 6 ч. назадFlight 7 is at the pad! Ironically we named the flight "Make It Rain" and yes, today it rained as the team were rolling out for wet dress...
ЦитатаRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 4 мин. назадWe are at L-7 days until the launch window opens for our #MakeItRain mission! This flight will be our 7th Electron launch, we have 7 payloads on board and it will mark our 70th Rutherford engine launched to space. https://bit.ly/2XZCCWf
ЦитатаRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 2 ч. назадThat's a wrap on a successful wet dress rehearsal today for the #MakeItRain mission. L-6 days until the launch window opens. We're looking forward to another stunning evening launch from LC-1!
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ЦитатаHYDROPAC 2040/2019 (76)WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.NEW ZEALAND.DNC 06.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING...0430Z TO 0630Z DAILY 27 JUN THRU 10 JUL...IN AREA BOUND BY:...39-14.05S 177-50.90E, 39-12.00S 177-55.00E,...39-20.00S 178-11.50E, 39-25.00S 178-07.00E,...39-16.30S 177-48.90E.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 100730Z JUL 19.( 220326Z JUN 2019 )HYDROPAC 2039/2019 (76,83)SOUTH PACIFIC.CHATHAM ISLANDS.DNC 06.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS...0430Z TO 0630Z DAILY 27 JUN THRU 10 JUL...IN AREAS BOUND BY:...A. 40-45S 176-00W, 41-45S 171-30W,.......43-15S 172-00W, 42-00S 176-30W....B. 44-00S 158-30W, 44-15S 151-30W,.......45-30S 151-30W, 45-15S 158-30W.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 100730Z JUL 19.( 220314Z JUN 2019 )
ЦитатаRocket LabПодлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 40 мин. назадWe're at L-1 day until the launch window opens for the #MakeItRain mission for @SpaceflightInc! The launch window opens at tomorrow, 27 June at 04:30 UTC for lift-off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. A live webcast will be available about 20 minutes before target lift-off.