Astronaut startup Rocket Lab will try to resume its first commercial mission in the area this weekend, the flight company called "it's business time". The small satellite launcher is trying to send seven small probes to a low Earth orbit on the Electron rocket. If it is successful, the flight will officially start commercial operations for a company that has only eliminated two flight tests so far.
Still, Rocket Lab had problems getting "It's Business Time". The company, which is running from a private location in New Zealand, has tried to fly this particular mission several times, but had to retire after having noticed some weird behavior with one of the rocket engine controllers. After implementing several changes in the design, Rocket Lab is ready to try again. The company has a launch window extending this evening, from November 10 to November 19, and has the ability to start every day between 10:00 ET and 2AM ET.
The climb up on this flight is a handful of small satellites from Spire Global, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Fleet Space Technologies and Irvine CubeSat STEM programs, and some of these probes are the size of shoe boxes. This is because the primary objective of Rocket Laba is just the launch of small satellites. The vehicle company, Electron, stands at an altitude of about 56 feet and is able to put between 330 and almost 500 kilograms in low orbits above Earth. This is perfect for satellite operators who focus on making spacecraft less than on the size of a school bus.
So far, Rocket Lab has ever arrived at orbit once. He did two flight flights before this mission, both of which made him in space. However, the first mission failed to reach the orbit due to communication equipment problems on the ground. The other made the way to the orbit and successfully set up four satellites. If this mission goes well, the Rocket Lab can boast of putting 11 probes into the orbit.
And as soon as this flight is over, Rocket Lab has another one coming up right there. The company intends to launch NASA's mission in December under the name of ELaN XIX, which will set up 11 smaller exploration satellites in the orbit. The company also claimed that it had a packed manifest, and Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck said the goal was to carry 16 flights next year.
But first, it's business time to finally fly. Rocket Lab plans livestream launch once in a lifetime for a liftoff set. Follow twitter companies for mission updates and check here to watch the live mission.