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Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

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The American launch company that flies its rockets out of New Zealand has lost its latest mission.Rocket Lab said its Electron vehicle failed late in its ascent from Mahia Peninsula on North Island.All satellite payloads are assumed to have been destroyed.These included imaging spacecraft from Canon Electronics of Japan and Planet Labs Inc of California, as well as a technology demonstration platform from a UK start-up called In-Space Missions. Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck apologised to his customers. "I am incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers' satellites today. Rest assured we will find the issue, correct it and be back on the pad soon," he said on Twitter.Rocket Lab has made everyone in the space sector sit up ...

Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

World
The Iraqi military says a rocket aimed at Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. embassy, struck a residential house and injured a childBy SAMYA KULLAB Associated PressJuly 5, 2020, 9:36 AM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBAGHDAD -- The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the system was operational late Saturday. A recent spate of rocket attacks have struck close to the U.S. embassy and targeted American troops in Iraqi bases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The rocket w
Rocket Lab launches Boston University’s magnetosphere experiment

Rocket Lab launches Boston University’s magnetosphere experiment

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June 13 (UPI) -- A rocket launched five small satellites into orbit from New Zealand early Saturday morning, including a Boston University experiment to measure solar winds and the Earth's magnetosphere. California-based Rocket Labs, which owns the New Zealand launch site on the Mahia Peninsula, lofted the satellites aboard a company Electron rocket at 1:12 a.m. EDT. The launch was delayed slightly by a cumulus cloud above the pad. Advertisement The launch had been postponed twice -- once in May because of travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic and again Thursday due to high winds. Boston University's experiment, the ANDESITE CubeSat, consists of one satellite the size of a toaster oven that is carrying eight tiny satellites inside. They will be released to form a network that ...
Rocket Lab plans early Thursday launch from New Zealand

Rocket Lab plans early Thursday launch from New Zealand

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June 10 (UPI) -- A rocket launch planned in New Zealand early Thursday morning is to propel five small satellites into orbit, including a Boston University experiment to measure solar winds and the Earth's magnetosphere. California-based Rocket Labs, which owns the New Zealand launch site, is scheduled to send the satellites into orbit aboard the company's Electron rocket at 12:43 a.m. EDT from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula. The launch could occur as late as 2:32 a.m. if delays happen. Advertisement Boston University's experiment, the ANDESITE CubeSat, consists of one satellite the size of a toaster oven that is carrying eight tiny satellites inside. They will be released to form a network that relays data to the small mothership. The project aims to gain a better understanding of how sol...

Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first attempt to launch a test satellite into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the ocean off Southern CaliforniaBy JOHN ANTCZAK Associated PressMay 25, 2020, 9:55 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of the jumbo jet dubbed Cosmic Girl. “We’ve confirmed a clean release from the aircraft. However, the mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmi