In the recent time, Rocket Lab—the international leader in small satellite launch—declared Astro Digital (a California-based satellite operator and manufacturer) as the client for the company’s fifth mission of 2019 and ninth Electron mission. The operation is slated to happen in a 14-Day launch window from October 15. The operation is planned to launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, New Zealand. A single spaceship for Astro Digital will be enclosed in Electron’s fairing. The operation is titled “As The Crow Flies” as a gesture to Astro Digital’s Corvus Platform that presents cost-effective and flexible solutions in an extensive range of applications and operation profiles on bus variants varying from 6U–16U CubeSats to ESPA Class.
Lars Hoffman—Senior VP of Global Launch Services at Rocket Lab—stated the operation is a perfect example of the responsive, designed, and precise launch service well-received by several small satellite operators. Hoffman said, “We are glad that Astro Digital has chosen Rocket Lab as the launch operator for their devoted mission. The Electron launch vehicle is equipped with a unique Kick Stage and is entirely positioned to offer the kind of attuned, rapid, and responsive entry to space that rideshare prototypes simply cannot deliver. By Electron and our launch sites, Rocket Lab is rightly positioned to provide small satellite operators full control on their own launch planned and orbital requirements.”
Lately, Rocket Lab was in the news as it is gearing up for its first launch from the U.S. in early 2020. The company spokesperson stated that Rocket Lab has almost finished building its LC-2 (Launch Complex-2) at the MARS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport) on Virginia’s Wallops Island. The California-based startup installed the location’s 66-Ton launch platform in the last month and soon aims to mount the 13.4 M Meters tall (44-Foot) strongback that elevates the company’s two-stage Electron rocket upright for launch.