There is a new name in a commercial place that we could hear a lot more in the coming months.successfully sent six small satellites to an orbit on board one of Electron's rockets from the company's private launch site in New Zealand on Sunday.
Like, another space enterprise in California, Rocket Lab's goal is to be able to launch frequently and on the cheap. The launch of Sunday was its first full commercial mission and the company shot for weekly launches by the end of 2020.
The Sunday mission, known as "Time Business," includes satellites that belong to Spire Global, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Fleet Space Technologies and Irvine CubeSat Stem Program.
The launch was originally installed for April with only four satellites but it was postponed multiple times. Two letters have been added to the payload few weeks before its launch.
On the live broadcast of the launch, Rocket Lab highlights the last minute adding to its exposure as a sign of being able to reach space quickly.
"The world wakes up to a new custom. With an Electron launch vehicle, fast and reliable access to space is now a reality for small satellites," said Peter Beck, the founder and Chief Executive Officer, in statement.
The Electron rocket also hosted a "snail sailing" technology display, designed to remove old, inactive satellites into the Earth's atmosphere where they burn up and reduce the amount of space junk in orbit.
Rocket Lab launches do not include any high drama clips as we have expected from Space Origin and Jeff Bezos who belong to Blue Origin. Instead, Electron's secret sauce comes from 3D printed machines, lightweight composite materials and unique battery fuels.
So far, Rocket Lab intends to launch a 10-minute payload for the NASA ELANA 19 mission in December, and then as many as 16 launch in New Zealand's 2019 and.
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