Rocket Lab Electron approaching first launch

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Rocket Lab (NZ/USA) plans to launch a passive payload into an elliptical orbit, varying between 300 - 500km at an 83 degree inclination on it's Electron vehicle during a ten day window starting on 22May NZST (GMT+12).

Intended launch azimuth is 174 degrees from Rocket Lab's launch facility on the Mahia Peninsula, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand (-39.2618, 177.8652).


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Space reached, but I'm hearing rumblings the second​ stage didn't achieve orbit. In any case, exciting stuff!

Too bad Firefly didn't make it this far :-/
 
Great effort from Rocket Lab!
[video=youtube;VA_8HPsua0c]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA_8HPsua0c[/video]

Will be interesting to see what they learned from the launch and how many goals were achieved.

Keep up the good work :)
 
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