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Rocket Lab Wraps Up Pre-Launch Activities for 1st Electron Rocket Mission

Rocket Lab Wraps Up Pre-Launch Activities for 1st Electron Rocket Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Rocket Lab‘s Electron vehicle has concluded wet dress rehearsal activities ahead of its launch from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to carry out a mission for HawkEye 360.

During the pre-launch activities, the Rocket Lab team raised the Electron rocket vertically before filling it up with liquid oxygen and fuel, and performed a full launch countdown that ended before the final step of the Rutherford engine ignition, the company said Monday. 

Electron will liftoff from the Launch Complex 2 to send three HawkEye 360-manufactured satellites to low Earth orbit.

Rocket Lab is set to conduct three launch missions for HawkEye 360 to deliver 15 satellites, divided into five clusters, to LEO between late 2022 and 2024.

The company said the launch window for the “Virginia Is For Launch Lovers” mission opens on Dec. 7.

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Written by Naomi Cooper

is a full-time writer for ArchIntel, a division of Executive Mosaic, and a contributor for ExecutiveBiz. She covers emerging technologies, technology innovation, contract awards, partnerships and market expansion stories in the government contracting industry.

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