Rocket Lab Announces Date, Payloads for Satellite Rideshare Launch

Space.com | 5/10/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
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Space launch startup Rocket Lab has announced a launch date for several spacecraft on behalf of Spaceflight, a satellite rideshare company. Rocket Lab has also specified which satellite payloads will be hitching a ride.

The mission is nicknamed "Make It Rain" due to the amount of rainfall in both Seattle (Spaceflight's headquarters) and New Zealand (where the launch site is located), according to a statement from Rocket Lab.

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The rocket will launch in June from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula, Rocket Lab announced today (May 10) in the statement. Satellites on board include BlackSky's Global-4, two U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Prometheus spacecraft and Melbourne Space Program's ACRUX-1. The mission would be the seventh to use Rocket Lab's Electron rocket.

"This exciting mission with Spaceflight demonstrates the new level of freedom now offered to small satellite operators thanks to Electron," Peter Beck, Rocket Lab's founder...
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