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Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand

Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand

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Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab have delayed plans to launch its Electron rocket until Friday.The four-hour launch window was originally supposed to open at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday -- Friday in New Zealand, where the rocket will launch from. The new window will open at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday -- 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday in New Zealand.Officials said the launch was delayed because they needed more time.The launch will be streamed live on Rocket Lab's website.Rocket Lab is based in the United States but operates a New Zealand subsidiary. Its Launch Complex 1 is located on the Māhia Peninsula.If the launch and flight go as planned, the rocket will release a trio of satellites. Rocket Lab's first clients include the companies Planet and Spire.The companies may hav
Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

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Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Orbital OTK rescheduled Saturday's Antares rocket launch after another aircraft flew into restricted airspace near NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.The rocket was expected to carry the Cygnus aircraft into orbit and deliver 7,400 pounds of supplies, equipment and science experiments to the International Space Station.Within 2 minutes of the scheduled launch time of 7:37 a.m., Orbital OTK scrapped the launch saying a "small aircraft" was flying at about 500 feet some 6 miles offshore."We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace," the aerospace company said on Twitter. "We are currently de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning."Orbital OTK rescheduled the launch for 7:14 a.m. Sunday.Should skies remain clear, it was predicte...
Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A used Falcon 9 rocket landed on a droneship in the Atlantic ocean Wednesday after launching a communications satellite into orbit.It was the third time SpaceX depended on a used Falcon 9 rocket to carry out a launch mission.The rocket blasted off at 6:53 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The Falcon 9 rocket previously was used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in February. This time, the rocket carried a high-powered, hybrid communications satellite shared by SES and EchoStar. The satellite is expected support the delivery of high-definition television broadcasts to viewers across North America.After carrying SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the edge of space last winter, the rocket's first stage detached and fell back to Earth before executing a contr...
Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

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July 3 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket didn't get off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Monday because something triggered an automatic abort just seconds away from lift-off, officials said.The rocket, carrying the Intelsat 35e satellite, was set to blast off at 7:37 p.m. EDT Monday. Mission controllers received an extended launch window into the evening, but the window closed not long after the computer system issued the abort.It wasn't immediately clear why the computer triggered the abort -- with 9 seconds until blast off.SpaceX said the next lunch opportunity could be Tuesday, the Fourth of July.When it is launched, the satellite will be propelled into space by an expendable version of the Falcon 9 rocket, which means SpaceX won't attempt to land the rocket on a floating platform a...
BAE awarded contract for laser-guided rocket system

BAE awarded contract for laser-guided rocket system

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June 12 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has received a $ 181 million contract for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System, or APKWS, upgrade kits for the U.S. Navy."We're delivering ahead of schedule even with the growing demand," said Rachel Guill, director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems, said in a press release. "Our APKWS rockets are critical to the mission success of our U.S. government and allied nation customers.""This high-quality, reliable product is easy to use and provides accurate strike capability at a fraction of the cost of other precision munitions."The APKWS is designed to be an upgrade kit for the standard Hydra 70 2.75 inch unguided rocket. The system provides laser guidance for the rocket, allowing it to perform precision strikes.The APKWS is designed to be very ...