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edit/gongora:  This mission was originally scheduled to launch from LC-2 at Wallops


https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1255565109054799874

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Rocket Lab's first launch from the U.S. is set for between July and September (Q3 2020), as the company just rolled out an Electron rocket at LC-2 in Virginia for the first time.

The STP-27RM mission will launch an Air Force micro-sat.
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Rocket Lab plans next launch Saturday, closes in on first mission from Virginia, dated July 3
(Article provides information on Flights 13 and 14. Then...)
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The first Rocket Lab launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, is now third in line on the companyís flight manifest [Flight 15], according to Morgan Bailey, a Rocket Lab spokesperson. She said the first Electron launch from a new pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport ó located on NASA-owned property at the Wallops Flight Facility ó is expected in August or September.
Please note this article pre-dates the July 4 UTC launch failure of Flight 13.
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The end of the Minotaur webcast mentioned the next launch (this one) at Wallops would be NET Mid-August.

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Flight 15:
Quote from: Larry Pieniazek Tweet
Flight 15 will be Wallops.
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... in september.

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... in september.

Is that an educated guess or do you have a source?
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In yesterday's SFN article :

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/07/31/rocket-lab-identifies-faulty-electrical-connector-as-cause-of-launch-failure/

" The company aims to launch its next Electron rocket before the end of August from its privately-operated spaceport on New Zealandís North Island. That could be followed in September by Rocket Labís first launch from a new pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia. "

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This is now the next scheduled Electron launch.  Any new news?
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« Last Edit: 09/17/2020 08:09 pm by SMS »
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twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1306729181825253381

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Construction is closing out on our LC-2 Integration and Control Facility (ICF) within the Wallops Research Park, adjacent to @NASA_Wallops Main Base. The ICF houses a launch control center, state-of-the-art payload integration facilities & vehicle integration department.

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1306729710664081409

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The build has been carried out in just a few short months thanks to the tireless support of Virginia Space, Governor Northam, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, NASA & Accomack County. Thanks for supporting us to deliver a new launch capability to the nation!

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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #10 on: 09/18/2020 12:59 am »
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Yesterday our team completed a successful wet dress rehearsal at Launch Complex 2 in Virginia. With this crucial step out of the way, we're close to our first launch from U.S. soil!

The Electron vehicle and ground systems performed flawlessly and our team is ready to go. Before a launch date can be set, NASA is carrying out the final development and certification of its Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS) software for the mission. This flight will be the first time an AFTS has been has flown from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and represents a valuable new capability for the spaceport.

Learn more about our first mission from LC-2 here: https://bit.ly/35Nn7aK

From Shaun D-Mello: 
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LOxed and loaded" is an appropriate way to describe recent progress at LC-2. Looking forward to get Electron off the pad with our partners Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA), Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the United States Space Force
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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #11 on: 09/18/2020 02:51 am »
Any chance of photographing Electron and Antares together, poised on their pads?
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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #12 on: 09/22/2020 07:05 am »
This launch is no longer flight 15, so I would presume launch is NET October.

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/about-us/updates/new-blog-post-2/

"Rocket Lab To Launch Commercial Earth-Imaging Rideshare Mission For Planet, Canon Electronics

This rideshare mission will be Electronís 15th launch overall and fifth in 2020, making Electron the second most-frequently launched U.S. rocket this year."
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Booster recovery is meant to be 17th, possibily  next after 15th from LC1. 16th is likely to go from Wallops. NB booster 17th could fly before 16tth.


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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #14 on: 09/22/2020 01:21 pm »
(list of TFRs ranging from September 30th through October 2nd removed)
It may be NET September 30th with backups on Oct 1st and second if this launchish-looking gaggle of TFRs is any indication.


Oh fardles, per above this is actually NG's Antares launch.  I suppose I've just got Rocketlab fever, everything looks like Electron launches somedays. 

Thank you for the correction.
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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #15 on: 09/22/2020 04:13 pm »
Those TFRs are for Northrup Grumman's NG-14, not Rocket Lab.

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Any chance of photographing Electron and Antares together, poised on their pads?
They have the Electron on site, just need to place it on pad for quick photo shot while Antares is erect.

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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #17 on: 09/27/2020 01:14 pm »
This launch is no longer flight 15, so I would presume launch is NET October.

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/about-us/updates/new-blog-post-2/

"Rocket Lab To Launch Commercial Earth-Imaging Rideshare Mission For Planet, Canon Electronics

This rideshare mission will be Electronís 15th launch overall and fifth in 2020, making Electron the second most-frequently launched U.S. rocket this year."
Well it still could launch before the one on this thread.

I guess it depends on how many (or if any) staff are shared between each site.  :(

If they are completely independent then they could launch within days (hours?)  of each other, but otherwise they will need to allow travel time for staff to move between them and do whatever special tasks they handle.

After just making RTF RL are keen to favor a successful launch over a hasty launch.  this suggests we should get used to the idea of stage recovery not being demonstrated this year.  :(
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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #18 on: 09/27/2020 08:49 pm »
Quote from: Rocket Lab
The vehicle and ground systems performed flawlessly and our team is ready to go! Before a launch date can be set, NASA is conducting the final development and certification of its Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS) software for the mission.
Any idea how long this process will take?
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Re: Electron : (Flight 21) STP-27RM : LC-1 : NET July 29, 2021
« Reply #19 on: 04/15/2021 07:22 am »
https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1382541893599326210

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Another Electron ready for launch. Wet dress rehearsal completed today for the mission after next. Team is running multiple concurrent launch campaigns.
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