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ЦитатаRocket Lab's Next Mission Focused On Building Constellations And Enabling R&DThe rideshare mission will loft another Earth-imaging satellite for BlackSky's constellation, a satellite for a new maritime tracking constellation, and two United States Air Force research satellites Huntington Beach, California. 22 July, 2019 - Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has today announced its next launch is a mission carrying satellites destined to begin a new constellation for UNSEENLABS, as well as more rideshare payloads for Spaceflight, consisting of a spacecraft for BlackSky and the United States Air Force Space Command.The mission - named 'Look Ma, No Hands' - will lift-off in August from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, carrying a total of four satellites aboard an Electron launch vehicle.Rocket Lab's Senior Vice President of Global Launch Services, Lars Hoffman, says Rocket Lab's ability to deploy multiple satellites to individual and precise orbits, even when flying as part of a rideshare mission, is a significant advantage for small satellite constellation operators."Our focus is on providing a frequent, reliable and precise launch service, whether small satellite constellation operators want to fly as a dedicated payload or as part of a rideshare mission," says Mr. Hoffman. "Rocket Lab's innovative Kick Stage enables a level of flexibility and precision that simply wasn't available to small satellite operators until Electron began orbital launches 18 months ago. We're proud to be delivering that service to orbit every few weeks now." The mission is manifested with a CubeSat that will form the cornerstone of a new maritime surveillance constellation for French company UNSEENLABS. The constellation aims to deliver precise, reliable, and secure maritime data, enabling organizations to monitor their own vessels and observe those that present risks, such as pirates and illegal vessels.Mission management and rideshare aggregator, Spaceflight, also manifested three satellites on its second rideshare mission with Rocket Lab. Among the rideshare payloads is BlackSky's Global-4 Earth-imaging satellite. The satellite will join BlackSky Global-3, which was launched to low Earth orbit on an Electron vehicle in June 2019. BlackSky's constellation delivers rapid-revisit satellite imagery to assist with monitoring economic activity such as crop development and herd migration, or surveying damage following natural disasters.The final spacecraft manifested on the mission are two experimental satellites for the United States Air Force Space Command, designed to test new technologies including propulsion, power, communications, and drag capabilities for potential applications on future spacecraft.The mission will be Rocket Lab's eighth Electron launch overall and fourth mission of 2019, following on from the successful 'Make It Rain' mission for Spaceflight in late June. Rocket Lab has monthly missions scheduled for the remainder of 2019 for government and commercial small satellite operators, including Kleos Space and Canon.
Цитата Rocket Lab Подлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 58 мин. назадElectron has arrived at Launch Complex 1 and final preparations are underway for our next mission - 'Look Ma, No Hands!' Launching in August, the mission is manifested with satellites from @UnseenLabs and @SpaceflightInc.Learn more about the mission here: https://bit.ly/2XX513p
Цитата UnseenLabs @UnseenLabs 19 июн.Here we are! @UnseenLabs is on the way to become the first private operator of cubesatellites in France! We are impatient to open our maritime surveillance service and deliver the first data to our customers. #maritimesurveillanceservice #newspace #cubesatellite #Bretagne
ЦитатаRocket Lab announces August launch with commercial and military satellitesJuly 23, 2019 | Stephen ClarkEDITOR'S NOTE: Upd ated with orbital parameters, and identities of the U.S. Air Force Command satellites.The first stage for Rocket Lab's next Electron launch. Credit: Rocket LabRocket Lab's next launch from New Zealand in August will carry four small spacecraft into orbit for BlackSky's Earth-imaging constellation, the U.S. Air Force, and a French startup developing a fleet of maritime surveillance satellites, the company announced Monday.A two-stage Electron rocket, fitted with a Curie kick stage on top, will lift the four satellites into low Earth orbit several hundred miles above Earth. In a statement announcing the launch, Rocket Lab did not release the target altitude or inclination for the mission -- the company's fourth of the year.Three of the satellites launching next month from New Zealand are riding to space through an agreement brokered by Spaceflight, a Seattle-based company that aggregates small satellites on rideshare missions.A spokesperson for Spaceflight said the Electron rocket and Curie kick stage will inject the satellites into a 335-mile-high (540-kilometer) orbit inclined 45 degrees to the equator.The fourth spacecraft in BlackSky's fleet of commercial Earth-observing microsatellites will launch on the Electron rocket, joining two satellites launched last year, and a third delivered to orbit on the most recent Rocket Lab mission June 29.BlackSky is a sister company of Spaceflight, with aims to eventually build and launch 60 Earth-imaging satellites to enable frequent revisits over the same location to help analysts identify changes over short time cycles.The first batch of BlackSky's surveillance satellites weigh around 123 pounds (56 kilograms), and each spacecraft can capture up to 1,000 color images per day, with a resolution of about 3 feet (1 meter).After the launch of the BlackSky Global 4 satellite in August, BlackSky will begin deploying a new se t of 20 privately-funded optical surveillance satellites built in Washington by LeoStella, a joint venture between BlackSky's parent company Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space, a European satellite manufacturer.BlackSky holds a contract with the National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the U.S. government's spy satellites, to allow government analysts to evaluate the utility of commercial imagery in intelligence-gathering and overhead surveillance.Rocket Lab said two experimental satellites for Air Force Space Command will fly also fly on the Electron launch next month, which the company has nicknamed "Look Ma, No Hands."The Air Force smallsats, which Rocket Lab did not identify, are "designed to test new technologies including propulsion, power, communications, and drag capabilities for potential applications on future spacecraft," Rocket Lab said in a statement.Spaceflight said the two 6U CubeSats are part of Air Force Space Command's "Pearl White" technology demonstration program. The two CubeSats were built and will be operated by Tiger Innovations, a company based in Washington, D.C.'s Virginia suburbs.Artist's illustration of UnseenLabs' CubeSats in orbit. Credit: UnseenLabsA French startup named UnseenLabs will launch its first satellite on the Rocket Lab Electron booster next month. The briefcase-sized six-unit CubeSat, named BRO-ONE, was built by the Danish smallest manufacturer GomSpace.The BRO-ONE mission is the first spacecraft in a planned constellation of CubeSats for maritime surveillance. UnseenLabs says its fleet of nanosatellites will be able to locate and identify ships around the world, providing tracking services for maritime operators and helping security forces watch for pirates and smugglers.The launch next month will be the eighth flight of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket since May 2017."Our focus is on providing a frequent, reliable, and precise launch service, whether small satellite constellation operators want to fly as a dedicated payload or as part of a rideshare mission," said Lars Hoffman, Rocket Lab's senior vice president of global launch services. "Rocket Lab's innovative kick stage enables a level of flexibility and precision that simply wasn't available to small satellite operators until Electron began orbital launches 18 months ago. We're proud to be delivering that service to orbit every few weeks now."
Цитата Peter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 9 ч. назадFight 8 is at the pad undergoing pre launch check outs. Time to fly again soon!
Цитата Rocket Lab Подлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 19 ч. назадPayloads have arrived at Launch Complex 1 for our next mission! We can't wait to get these innovative satellites to orbit for @SpaceflightInc and @UnseenLabs. Stay tuned for August launch dates.
ЦитатаJeff Foust @jeff_foust 10 мин. назадSpaceflight says its next rideshare mission, launching on a Rocket Lab Electron, is scheduled for Aug. 16. It's carrying BlackSky's Global-4 satellite and two tech demo cubesats for Air Force Space Command. #smallsat
Цитата Peter Beck @Peter_J_Beck 3 ч. назадFlight 8 wet dress successfully completed, payload integration underway. #LookMaNoHands
ЦитатаPearl White cubesats mission set to launchAir Force Space Command Public Affairs / Published August 07, 2019MAHIA, New Zealand --Pearl White, an Air Force Space Command demonstration program, is set to launch no earlier than August 16th as part of a rideshare aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle in summer 2019. The launch will take place at the Rocket Lab Launch Complex-1 near Mahia, New Zealand.The program goal is to design, develop, launch and operate two 6U cubesat experimental spacecraft as an on-orbit testbed for emerging technologies in 2019. The demonstration will test new technologies including propulsion, power, communications, and drag capabilities for potential applications on future spacecraft. The spacecraft will be placed in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with a notional altitude of ~540 km and an inclination of ~45 degrees.The two cubesats were built by Tiger Innovations Inc., which is located in Herndon, Virginia, and are designed for a one-year lifetime. Tiger Innovations Inc. will operate the spacecraft for the life of the program under the direction and oversight of AFSPC.
ЦитатаB4717/19 - TEMPO DANGER AREA NZD026 (EAST AUCKLAND OCEANIC) IS PRESCRIBED AS FLW:ALL THAT AIRSPACE BOUNDED BY A LINE JOINING46 30 00.0 S 148 39 00.0 W42 52 55.3 S 176 48 00.0 W40 15 00.0 S 178 36 18.0 E40 06 38.1 S 178 24 48.3 E38 59 09.5 S 179 40 52.9 E41 02 04.2 S 172 19 02.5 W43 33 00.0 S 149 00 00.0 W46 30 00.0 S 148 39 00.0 WACTIVITY: ROCKET LAUNCHUSER AGENCY: ROCKET LAB.LAUNCH RANGE LEAD TEL +64 21 082 92217.PRESCRIBED PURSUANT TO CIVIL AVIATION RULE PART 71 UNDER A DELEGATED AUTHORITY ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.SFC - FL999, 16 AUG 12:25 2019 UNTIL 16 AUG 15:15 2019.CREATED: 08 AUG 21:11 2019
ЦитатаNZZCB4715/19 - TEMPO DANGER AREA NZD492 (EAST MAHIA) IS PRESCRIBED AS FLW:ALL THAT AIRSPACE BOUNDED BY A LINE JOINING38 59 09.5 S 179 40 52.9 E40 06 38.1 S 178 24 48.3 E39 31 53.6 S 177 37 03.7 E39 20 17.3 S 177 36 32.8 E39 06 00.0 S 177 36 32.8 E39 06 00.0 S 177 54 00.0 E38 59 00.0 S 178 14 00.0 E38 59 09.5 S 179 40 52.9 EACTIVITY: ROCKET LAUNCHUSER AGENCY: ROCKET LAB. LAUNCH RANGE LEAD TEL +64 21 082 92217.PRESCRIBED PURSUANT TO CIVIL AVIATION RULE PART 71 UNDER A DELEGATED AUTHORITY ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.SFC - FL999, 16 AUG 12:25 2019 UNTIL 16 AUG 15:15 2019.CREATED: 08 AUG 21:09 2019
ЦитатаHYDROPAC 2589/2019 (76) WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.NEW ZEALAND.DNC 06.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING 160458Z TO 161507Z AUG, ALTERNATE 0458Z TO 1507Z DAILY 17 THRU 30 AUG IN AREA BOUND BY 39-14.0S 177-51.0E, 39-12.0S 177-55.0E 39-20.0S 178-11.5E, 39-25.0S 178-07.0E 39-16.3S 177-49.0E.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 301607Z AUG 19.( 110355Z AUG 2019 )HYDROPAC 2590/2019 (76,83) SOUTH PACIFIC.DNC 06.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS 160458Z TO 161507Z AUG, ALTERNATE 0458Z TO 1507Z DAILY 17 THRU 30 AUG IN AREAS BOUND BY: A. 40-48S 175-48W, 41-48S 171-30W, 42-54S 171-54W, 41-42S 176-18W. B. 43-30S 163-30W, 44-15S 152-00W, 45-30S 152-00W, 44-42S 163-54W.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 301607Z AUG 19.( 110409Z AUG 2019 )
Цитата Rocket Lab Подлинная учетная запись @RocketLab 1 мин. назадWe are at just L-2 days until the launch window opens for our eighth Electron launch, 'Look Ma, No Hands!' Payloads for @SpaceflightInc and @UnseenLabs are encapsulated in Electron's fairing and the team is primed for launch.