Rocket Lab Scrubs Launch of Experimental DARPA Military Satellite

Space.com | 3/24/1961 | Tariq Malik
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The small-satellite launch company Rocket Lab called off the planned flight of an experimental satellite for the U.S. military Sunday (March 24) due to a video transmitter issue.

Rocket Lab was counting down to a 7:36 p.m. EDT (2336 GMT) launch of its Electron booster from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula when the glitch occurred, the company said in Twitter update.

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"The team has identified a video transmitter 13dB down with low performance," Rocket Lab said in the Twitter post. "It's not an issue for flight, but we want to understand why, so we're waiving off for the day."

The R3D2 prototype spacecraft antenna is seen in packed and deployed positions. DARPA will launch the antenna on a test flight soon using a Rocket Lab Electron.

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The Electron is carrying the prototype R3D2 space antenna in a test flight for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

R3D2's seemingly "Star Wars" droid-inspired name is short for Radio Frequency...
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