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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday July 14 2016, @08:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the it'll-fly-eventually dept.

From the LA Times:

The launch manifest for Los Angeles-based Rocket Lab is starting to fill up. The small-satellite launch company said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Earth-imaging satellite firm Planet for three dedicated launches on its Electron rocket.

The launches will take place from the company's Mahia Penninsula launch site.

SpaceNews reports:

[...] each launch will carry is still being determined, but will likely be between 20 and 25. Each Dove is a three-unit cubesat with a mass of about five kilograms.

The schedule for the launches will depend on the development of Electron, which has yet to make its first flight. Safyan said that if the Electron test program goes well, the first Planet launch, likely to sun-synchronous orbit, could be as soon as the second quarter of 2017.

Although the terms of the deal weren't announced, Rocket Lab quotes a price of about $5 million (USD) per launch for the Electron.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 14 2016, @10:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 14 2016, @10:54PM (#374547)

    You had me at "Rocket Lab quotes a price of about $5," it's the "million" that makes me hesitate.

  • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday July 14 2016, @11:39PM

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Thursday July 14 2016, @11:39PM (#374564)

    I might drive down and have a look at one of these launches.
    It's about a 14 hour drive from where I live, but the area is very nice.
    The Wikipedia article says people stay at Wairoa and visit from there, but I don't think they do, it's a total dump.
    Napier is great though.

    You should all come and visit. [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 2) by Absolutely.Geek on Friday July 15 2016, @01:07AM

      by Absolutely.Geek (5328) on Friday July 15 2016, @01:07AM (#374593)

      You must live down south or way up north.

      I may also come for a look at the first launch....it is 7 1/2 hrs from New Plymouth where I live.

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      • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Friday July 15 2016, @03:38AM

        by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Friday July 15 2016, @03:38AM (#374674)

        I live in Auckland. The last time I drove to Gisbourne it took about that long, but to be honest, I'm a bit vague about Mahia.
        It's the sort of place you have to want to go to really, it's not on the way to anywhere else is it?

        • (Score: 2) by Absolutely.Geek on Friday July 15 2016, @03:49AM

          by Absolutely.Geek (5328) on Friday July 15 2016, @03:49AM (#374678)

          It is a bit like New Plymouth; not really on the way to anywhere and you have to have a reason to go.

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