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The small-satellite launch provider Rocket Lab plans to build a new launch site in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday (July 10).
Although Rocket Lab is a U.S. startup based in California, it has launched missions only from New Zealand, where the company built the world's first private launch complex, constructed on a remote peninsula.
Locations - Rocket - Lab - Facility
The four locations Rocket Lab is considering for its new facility are:
"The four potential launch sites are being assessed against a range of criteria, including anticipated pad-construction cost and time frame, regulatory lead times, and ongoing costs once the site is operational," Rocket Lab officials said in the statement. Rocket Lab is considering both East and West Coast locations, because the latitude of the launch site determines what kind of orbit a satellite can enter.
Site - Rocket - Lab - Launch - Tower
Once a site is selected, Rocket Lab will have to construct a launch tower specially tailored to the Electron rocket. The company aims to launch the first mission from Launch Complex 2 in Quarter 2 of 2019, or sometime between...
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