American private aviation company Rocket Lab has made another successful launch, the seventh in a row, the ultra-light Electron class rocket launcher within the "Make It Rain" mission.
The launch had to be delayed several times at the beginning of the week due to the lack of suitable launch conditions, but on June 29 at 4:30 pm the NZST (7:30 Moscow time) missile was successfully sent to the orbit from the launch facility at Mahiya Peninsula in New Zealand.
There were seven satellites on the rocket, including BlackSky's Global-3, the Spaceflighta branch, which would join the existing orbital constellation. Also, CubeSat format satellite was sent to the orbit as part of the space program in Melbourne, two CubeSat Prometheus satellites launched at the command of the US Special Operations Command and two small SpaceBE satellites of American startup Swarm Technologies. The weight of Global-3, the largest of satellites sent to the orbit, is 60 kg, and the weight of the remaining cargo is 20 kg.
Approximately 56 minutes after the launch, seven satellites were allocated to certain orbits. Since its first commercial launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab has sent 35 satellites to orbit. The company intends to launch the Electron launch this year. per month, and 2020, to increase the rocket launch rate for two months due to launching the launchpad in construction at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility visitor center in Virginia.
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