Rocket Lab’s private mission to Venus slips to 2025
Rocket Lab’s mission to Venus, which was originally scheduled to launch last month, is “not imminent,” a spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. That means the mission will likely move
Virgin Orbit’s launch business sold for parts to Vast, Stratolaunch, and Rocket Lab
Virgin Orbit, once valued at $3.7 billion, has been chopped up for parts. The company has concluded the auction for some of its assets, which were put up for sale as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Rocket Lab adds a suborbital launch option aimed at hypersonic defense customers
Rocket Lab is adding a new offering to its suite of services: hypersonic suborbital launches. The new service will be available starting sometime in the first half of this year, when the company will
Rocket Lab reveals big supplier deal with mystery mega constellation customer
Rocket Lab has proven that it’s much more than a launch company. One glance at the company’s most recent earnings presentation shows as much: its space systems business, which designs, manufac
Watch Rocket Lab launch Electron from US soil for the first time
After multiple delays due to inclement weather and high winds, Rocket Lab is poised to launch its first mission from Virginia today, with a two-hour launch window opening at 6 p.m. EST. The mission is
Max Q: Anomalous
Last week wasn't the most successful for spaceflight missions. We'll get into that.
Rocket Lab’s first mission from Virginia delayed until 2023
We’re going to have to wait a little longer for Rocket Lab’s American debut. The company, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, was due to launch a trio of satellites for radio-frequency
Max Q: A week of firsts
In this issue: A first for NASA's Artemis program… and Japanese firm ispace; news from Quantum Space, and more.
Rocket Lab carves off defense-focused subsidiary for national security customers
Launch provider Rocket Lab is establishing a subsidiary to handle its sensitive U.S. government business, like launching spysats and experimental military spacecraft. Rocket Lab National Security LLC
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NASA selects Rocket Lab to launch TROPICS satellites
NASA has found a new launch provider for its extreme weather observation satellites. The agency announced Wednesday that it has selected Rocket Lab to launch its Time-Resolved Observations of Precipit
Max Q: Ocean splashdown
Rocket Lab's helicopter catch attempt ends in ocean splashdown; ispace wants to stake its claim to the moon; news from the FCC, Constellr and more
Watch Rocket Lab attempt a mid-air Electron rocket booster recovery live
Update: After a nominal launch and payload deployment, Rocket Lab was unable to attempt a mid-air catch with the helicopter. Instead, the company will recover the booster from the ocean when it splas
Rocket Lab will attempt to catch an Electron rocket booster with a helicopter again
Rocket Lab is gearing up for a second attempt to catch a rocket booster mid-air using a helicopter, a technique the company is hoping to perfect after a partially successful recovery earlier this year
Virgin Orbit and Rocket Lab gear up for launches on new continents
Virgin Orbit and Rocket Lab are expanding their launch capacities as each company gears up for inaugural missions from countries that they have never flown from. For Rocket Lab, that’s the United St
Max Q: Oh my gourd
Will every October issue have a Halloween/autumn pun as its title? I'LL NEVER TELL.
Rocket Lab’s 8th launch of 2022 breaks record for worst pun in space
Rocket Lab successfully launched an Electron rocket this afternoon with a new satellite for the Argos program, which provides connectivity to a number of scientific endeavors. It’s a milestone f
Max Q: Icy
Thousands of people traveled to Paris for the International Astronautical Congress 2022, one of the world's largest space conferences. Alas, I was not one of them.
Rocket Lab expands US presence with engine testing, launch facilities
Rocket Lab is a U.S.-based company, but until now the bulk of its activities have been conducted in New Zealand. While the company has been public about its plans to expand to both hemispheres for a w
Rocket Lab celebrates 30th launch and 150th satellite sent to orbit
Today’s launch by Rocket Lab, “The Owl Spreads Its Wings,” was as unremarkable as a rocket going to orbit can be, but it also marked a few milestones for the growing space company: 3