Author Topic: Electron 2nd Test Flight "Still Testing"-3 Cubesats-NET (01:30UTC) 20th Jan-2018  (Read 40489 times)

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They are showing signs of success...   Let a hundred flowers bloom.
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Confirmed.
http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/rocket-lab/rocket-lab-prepares-electron-second-test-flight/
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“Still Testing” will ferry at least three small satellites to a highly inclined elliptical orbit.

Riding to orbit on this flight are at least two Lemur-2 satellites as well as a single Dove satellite.

I think this is very intelligent. They are basically doing demo flights for key customers with a small number of sats, to minimize risk, and not guaranteeing to circularize. Honestly it's hard to fault the way Rocket Lab thinks and works. They are are really a good example. I wish more people followed their approach.

Given that they are shooting for a highly elliptical orbit, has anyone seen it mentioned anywhere what the apogee and perigee will be???

Also, is this the plan for the next two test flights in 2018?

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Also, is this the plan for the next two test flights in 2018?

If this test is successful, I believe they would cancel the third test flight and start shifting their backlog.
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Interesting that Rocket Lab is not required to recover the debris:-

http://www.epa.govt.nz/Publications/Pre_activity_notice_space_launch%20Rocket%20Lab%20ITSATEST%2020170515_Redacted.pdf

It's also interesting that, because they are receiving government funding via a Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant
there are no costs involved either.. although exactly how their operation fits into "domestic or international marine scientific research" is less clear.

I'm impressed that the EPA have developed a form specifically for the "Deposit of material on seabed from launch of space vehicle"!
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MEET DOVE PIONEER

Mike Safyan | November 21, 2017

Last month, the Planet team successfully integrated one of our Dove satellites into a Rocket Lab Maxwell deployer to be flown on the 2nd orbital flight (aka “Still Testing”) of Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle. The launch is currently scheduled for December of this year and the rocket will drop off the Dove into a 300 x 500 km, 83 degree inclination orbit.
 
This Dove has been officially designated “Dove Pioneer,” and the name has several points of significance for us. On the one hand, it’s a nod to the awe-inspiring series of Pioneer missions conducted by NASA in the 50s, 60s and 70s. There is often a lot of buzz about NewSpace and how small satellites and small launch vehicles are changing the industry, but we owe a great deal of our success to the amazing space pioneers that preceded us. We stand on the shoulders of giants.

On the other hand, Planet and Rocket Lab really are on the precipice of pioneering something historic in the space industry. Planet has been launching and operating record-breaking numbers of satellites for the last several years, and Rocket Lab is at the forefront of providing low-cost, frequent, and mission-tailored access to space, further enabling game-changing small satellite architectures such as Planet’s.

Our brave Dove Pioneer will be on the first Rocket Lab launch to carry commercial payloads, paving the way for more missions to come. Stay tuned to @planetlabs and @rocketlab on Twitter for further mission updates.

[Picture] Planet’s Michael Soulage integrates Dove Pioneer into the Maxwell deployer

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On December 8 NZST, Rocket Lab will open a 10 day window in which our team will attempt a to launch our second Electron rocket, Still Testing.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/935916490716364800

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Yes!

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#StillTesting will be the first #Electron launch to be live streamed. We can't wait to share it with you. Stream will become available at http://www.rocketlabusa.com  minutes before a launch attempt.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/935923479794159617

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Four hour window, opens daily from 2.30 pm NZST.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/935924192456802304

Which I make 02:30 (ie am) UTC.

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Press release
Press kit

The tweets give the wrong time zone. NZDT (UTC+13) will be observed then and both the press release and press kit say NZDT. So the launch window is 01:30-05:30 UTC.

9:30PM-1:30AM EST, 6:30PM-10:30PM PST for my fellow Americans
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But is that on December 7 for us then in the USA?

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But is that on December 7 for us then in the USA?

Yes.
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Can't wait to see the zebra-like launcher in action again. Successfully, of course.

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Finally a launch in local time. But to make life easier for international viewers including UTC in press release would be nice. I just wish all launches quoted UTC along with launch site's local time, would make timezone conversion so much easier.

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Yesterday we successfully completed a wet dress rehearsal for #StillTesting at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. Preparations for launch coming along nicely.

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/936710334710034432

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Any reports out there that can confirm if the launch is still targeting tomorrow?
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Nothing that I can find. Here's the link to the live stream. Showing "Page Not Found".

http://www.rocketlabusa.com/livestream
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Electron will be rolled onto the pad at Launch Complex 1 today for final #StillTesting prep. Targeting no earlier than 2.30 pm, Saturday 9 December NZDT for a launch attempt. Weather also not looking good for Sunday, so an attempt could still be pushed to Monday NZDT.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/938853871190814720

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Electron will be rolled onto the pad at Launch Complex 1 today for final #StillTesting prep. Targeting no earlier than 2.30 pm, Saturday 9 December NZDT for a launch attempt. Weather also not looking good for Sunday, so an attempt could still be pushed to Monday NZDT.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/938853871190814720

This is 0130UTC on December 9.

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