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Online RonM

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Re: RocketLab Electron Smallsat Launcher
« Reply #1400 on: 06/25/2018 05:46 PM »
Like Ed said:  "Design, R&D, final assembly, test, and launch is still in New Zealand."  Auckland and Mahia respectively.
Much like Antares, which is largely manufactured in Russia/Ukraine, but sees final assembly in Virginia.  If Antares is a "U.S." launch vehicle, isn't Electron a "New Zealand" rocket still? 

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My Toyota Camry was assembled in Kentucky. Is it an American car? Most people would say it's Japanese because it was designed and developed in Japan by a Japanese company.

Antares is an American launch vehicle even though many components are built overseas. Orion is an American spacecraft even though the service module is built in Europe.

Electron is an odd case, being developed in New Zealand by an American-based company. It's really a joint American-New Zealand project. Since it's being operated in New Zealand by an American company, it's going to be regulated by both countries.

So, why is this question so important? Shouldn't we be discussing the rocket instead of trivia?

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Re: RocketLab Electron Smallsat Launcher
« Reply #1401 on: 06/25/2018 09:23 PM »
It's in this section because that's what we decided. End of conversation. :)

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Re: RocketLab Electron Smallsat Launcher
« Reply #1402 on: 06/25/2018 11:49 PM »
Electron is an odd case, being developed in New Zealand by an American-based company. It's really a joint American-New Zealand project. Since it's being operated in New Zealand by an American company, it's going to be regulated by both countries.

So, why is this question so important? Shouldn't we be discussing the rocket instead of trivia?

Just to clear up any misconceptions:

Electron is an odd case, because it was developed in New Zealand by a New Zealand company using American assistance.  Peter Beck and his team had Electron designed and at least one prototype built long before the American-based company called "Rocketlab USA" existed.  For technology support, regulatory and a few other reasons the New Zealand company is now American-based.  That's what makes it "really a joint American-New Zealand project."

Why is this question so important?  Because it indicates to those of us outside of the continental United States that it IS indeed possible to develop a sucessful indigenous launch capability within a rapidly-developing regulatory minefield whilst highlighting both (a) the size and location of a few of the mines and (b) the path they used to navigate around them.
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Re: RocketLab Electron Smallsat Launcher
« Reply #1403 on: 07/11/2018 02:27 AM »
Yay!

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We're thrilled to confirm we're building a US launch site for Electron. Four space ports are shortlisted: Cape Canaveral, Wallops Flight Facility, Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Confirmed site to be announced in August. http://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-to-expand-launch-capability-with-us-launch-site/
4:53 PM - Jul 10, 2018

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Re: RocketLab Electron Smallsat Launcher
« Reply #1404 on: 07/11/2018 01:29 PM »
My best guess is that in August, Rocket Lab will choose to launch from Cape Canaveral.

Not sure which area on the Cape they'll use for LC-2.
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