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Rocket-

Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME"

Satellites-

    Lemur-2 82 (to be 72nd in orbit)
    Lemur-2 83  (to be 73th in orbit)
    CICERO (?) (to be 6th in orbit)
    ...(?)

Launch Date-

NET May 2018 (As of 18/04/2018)

Articles-

Flight 1:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/05/rocket-labs-electron-inaugural-flight-new-zealand/

Flight 2:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/01/rocket-lab-second-electron-launch/

Feature:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/rocket-lab-capitalize-test-flight-success-first-operational-mission/
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/rocket-lab-manifests-expanded-flight-rate-launch-sites/
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There was originally a NOTAM from the 1st of March to the 28th, this has been extended in another NOTAM till the 25th of April.
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The NSF article says this launch is expected to carry Outernet Mission 1 and ISILaunch cubesats.
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Apparently four SpaceBEE 1U cubesats were originally planned to be on this launch, but as they did not get a FCC licence in the aftermath of the non-licenced launch of their first four 1/4U SpaceBEE satellites, it is doubtful, that these will be on the third Electron launch.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/satellites/fcc-accuses-stealthy-startup-of-launching-rogue-satellites

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/spacebee-5.htm

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According to this article, the launch should be some time in April, along with a couple of other tidbits of information:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/102179660/rocketlab-says-launch-preparations-not-affected-by-rogue-satellite-concern

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Rocket Lab spokeswoman Morgan Bailey said the matter was between Swarm and the FCC, and had not caused any delay to preparations for Rocket Lab's next launch, which is tipped to take place in April.

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Rocket Lab, founded by Kiwi Peter Beck, was still finalising the payload for what will be its first commercial launch but would not include any satellites on it that did not have the right regulatory approvals, Bailey said.

Rocket Lab had yet to confirm the launch window for its next flight, but the Electron would be transported to its launch site on the Māhia Peninsula in the next few weeks, she said.
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It's Business Time at Rocket Lab

Posted on 13 March 2018

Huntington Beach, California. March 13, 2018: US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed its next launch will be the companys first fully commercial flight. Two Lemur-2 cubesats for launch customer Spire Global will be on board the upcoming launch, with the full manifest to be confirmed in coming weeks.

The flights name was put to a vote on social media, with Its Business Time coming out as a clear fan favourite and a continuation of companys previous flight names, Its a Test and Still Testing. 

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck says Its Business Time highlights Rocket Labs agile approach to responsive space. The launch has been manifested weeks out from launch, rather than the many months or years it can typically take under existing launch models.

We came at the challenge of opening access to space from a new perspective. Building to tail numbers and tailoring a vehicle to the payload is a rigid and slow way of getting satellites on orbit. As the satellite industry continues to innovate at a break-neck pace and the demand for orbital infrastructure grows, were there with a production line of Electron vehicles ready to go and a private launch site licensed for flight every 72 hours. Launch will no longer be the bottleneck that slows innovation in space, he says.   

We always set out to test a launch vehicle that was as close to production-ready as possible. To complete a test program so quickly and be flying commercial customers is a great feeling. Its business time, Mr Beck adds.

Rocket Labs third Electron vehicle will be shipped to Launch Complex 1 on New Zealands Māhia Peninsula in coming weeks, where final checkouts will be completed ahead of the Its Business Time launch.

This year Rocket Lab is increasing its launch cadence and scaling up production of the Electron launch vehicle to meet a growing manifest. The company aims to produce 100 Rutherford engines in 2018 from its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. More than 30 engines have already been completed and are undergoing integration onto Electron vehicles.

Rocket Labs first test launch, Its a Test, was completed in May 2017, with the second test, Still Testing, taking place in January 2018. This flight successfully reached orbit, deployed commercial customer payloads for Planet and Spire Global and circularized an orbit using a previously unannounced kick stage.

For real-time updates in the lead up to Its Business Time, follow Rocket Lab on Twitter @RocketLab

http://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/its-business-time-at-rocket-lab/
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So I decided my first tweet should share one of my favorite sights - a brand new #Electron being delivered to Launch Complex 1. #ItsBusinessTime is coming soon.

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/978074847614922752?s=21

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Getting ready for #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/978842658054524929 (photo attached)

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Launch window to be confirmed soon!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/978844128468439041

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Getting ready for #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/978842658054524929 (photo attached)

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Launch window to be confirmed soon!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/978844128468439041

Oh, man.  Will someone on RocketLab's pad crew please put googly eyes on their clamp.
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Rocket Lab set Friday April 20, 2018 NZT for the first commercial mission with Electron. 14 day window of opportunity. Each day will have a four-hour launch window that will open from 12:30 p.m. NZDT (00:30 UTC).

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Horrid formatting, but:

Rocket Lab to launch first commercial mission this month


Huntington Beach, California, 3 April 2018:

US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time’, includes manifested payloads for launch customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

 

The 14-day ‘It’s Business Time’ launch window will open on Friday April 20, 2018 NZT. During this time a four-hour launch window will open daily from 12:30 p.m. NZDT (00:30 UTC). ‘It’s Business Time’ will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Licensed to launch every 72 hours, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 is the world’s only private orbital launch facility.

 

Rocket Lab is the only private, dedicated small launch provider globally that has deployed satellites to orbit. ‘It’s Business Time’ marks the fastest transition a private launch provider has made from test program to fully commercial flights. This mission follows just three months after Rocket Lab’s January 21, 2018 launch “Still Testing”, which successfully deployed an Earth-imaging satellite for Planet and circularized the orbit of two weather and AIS ship tracking satellites for Spire Global using Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built kick stage.

 

“It’s Business Time represents the shift to responsive space. We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world’s most frequent launch capability and we’re achieving that in record time,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.

 

“Rocket Lab is the only small launch provider that has reached orbit and delivered on promises to open access to space for small satellites. We can have payloads on orbit every 72 hours and our rapidly expanding manifest shows this is frequency is critical for the small satellite market,” he added.

 

Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.

 

About Spire Global:

Spire is a data and analytics company that collects data for Earth from space, to help business and governments address previously insurmountable problems affecting everyone on the planet. Its constantly improving constellation of LEO satellites uses listening sensors to listen to the planet in real-time, gaining access to rich and untapped data sources totally off-limits to camera-based technology and inaccessible from the ground. To learn more, visit www.spire.com

 

About Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems:

For more about Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, visit www.tyvak.com

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Here's a better formatting of the press release.

Rocket Lab to launch first commercial mission this month

Huntington Beach, California, 3 April 2018:

US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company's first fully commercial launch. The mission, named `It's Business Time, includes manifested payloads for launch customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

The 14-day `It's Business Time launch window will open on Friday April 20, 2018 NZT. During this time a four-hour launch window will open daily from 12:30 p.m. NZDT (00:30 UTC). `It's Business Time will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Licensed to launch every 72 hours, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 is the world's only private orbital launch facility.

Rocket Lab is the only private, dedicated small launch provider globally that has deployed satellites to orbit. `It's Business Time marks the fastest transition a private launch provider has made from test program to fully commercial flights. This mission follows just three months after Rocket Lab's January 21, 2018 launch `Still Testing, which successfully deployed an Earth-imaging satellite for Planet and circularized the orbit of two weather and AIS ship tracking satellites for Spire Global using Rocket Lab's in-house designed and built kick stage.

"It's Business Time represents the shift to responsive space. We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world's most frequent launch capability and we're achieving that in record time," said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.

"Rocket Lab is the only small launch provider that has reached orbit and delivered on promises to open access to space for small satellites. We can have payloads on orbit every 72 hours and our rapidly expanding manifest shows this is frequency is critical for the small satellite market," he added.

Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.

About Spire Global:

Spire is a data and analytics company that collects data for Earth from space, to help business and governments address previously insurmountable problems affecting everyone on the planet. Its constantly improving constellation of LEO satellites uses listening sensors to listen to the planet in real-time, gaining access to rich and untapped data sources totally off-limits to camera-based technology and inaccessible from the ground. To learn more, visit www.spire.com

About Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems:

For more about Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, visit www.tyvak.com
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Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.


Gee, so can Rocket Lab catch up to the big boys like this? Do they have plans for bigger and better engines and launch vehicles down the road? Will that mainly be dependent upon the pace of evolution of Electron Beam Melting technology?

(I'm assuming that any evolutionary roadmap will be kept under wraps, and that at least in public they'll refrain from talking about anything beyond smallsat launches.

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Rocket Lab, in their short history, has quite a track record for innovation (Electric pumps, thixotropic monopropellants), pushing the envelope (First to orbit with an all-carbon fiber rocket), and keeping things under wraps (Humanity Star and the Curie Engine/kick stage). They have already filed for a trademark for another type of engine called the "Einstein."  I'm completely certain that they have a "next step" planned which just hasn't been made public yet. And their success with Electron shows that they have the capability to pull it off.

Blue Origin has a well-publicized motto of "Gradually Ferocious".
SpaceX's should be "Mars or Bust!"
Rocket Lab's could be "Speak softly, and carry a big stick."

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Vehicle checks almost complete, Team is really getting good at this now!

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/981614120301719553

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Tweet with a nice photo:
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Its Business Time on the pad. Wet dress in the coming days.

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As a Flight of the Conchords Fan, I never thought I'd see something named after them sent into space.
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As a Flight of the Conchords Fan, I never thought I'd see something named after them sent into space.
"Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute in heaven" -FOTC "It's Business Time"

It's amazing how many people don't get the reference... even when you link them to the video.
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Apparently Rocket Labs had some issues today while fuelling the rocket for wet dress rehearsal.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12033191

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Apparently Rocket Labs had some issues today while fuelling the rocket for wet dress rehearsal.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12033191

Must have been a little more than "minor" to warrant calling the Fire Service to a site as remote as that.

Fuel spill perhaps?
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I got the impression they were on site anyway, just in case.


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I got the impression they were on site anyway, just in case.
Indeed, that's pretty normal for rocket launches (or wet dress rehearsals) I believe.
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This week during wet dress rehearsal the team saw some unusual behavior with a motor controller. With only days between rehearsal & window, we want a little extra time to fully review data, so have decided to roll to the next slot in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/986252799599042561

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This week during wet dress rehearsal the team saw some unusual behavior with a motor controller. With only days between rehearsal & window, we want a little extra time to fully review data, so have decided to roll to the next slot in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/986252799599042561
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-moves-its-business-time-launch-window/
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Rocket Lab will move the Its Business Time launch, scheduled between 20 April 3 May, to the next available launch window in coming weeks. The shift comes after pad team identified some unusual motor controller behavior during a wet dress rehearsal carried out this week. With just days between rehearsal and window opening, the call to move to the window is a conservative one made to allow the team additional time to review data.

Rocket Lab is able to operate with schedule flexibility and move into different windows as a result of operating its own private orbital launch site.

The new launch window is due to open in the coming weeks with defined dates to be confirmed soon.

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Latest tweet promises a launch window will be released 'soon'.

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 I'm driving by there in two days. It looks like I won't see anything but a locked gate and sign threatening dire consequences for trespassing.

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I'm driving by there in two days. It looks like I won't see anything but a locked gate and sign threatening dire consequences for trespassing.

Photo or didn't happen :D

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 What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because apparently, some people consider "Rocket nut" rude.
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What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because, apparently, some people considered "Rocket nut" rude.

Well, now I really want to know whether unlicensed cafes are a problem in NZ?
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What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because, apparently, some people considered "Rocket nut" rude.

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D

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What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because, apparently, some people considered "Rocket nut" rude.

Well, now I really want to know whether unlicensed cafes are a problem in NZ?
Whether it's a problem depends on what you like to drink with dinner.

(I believe it's the local shorthand for "licensed to serve alcohol").



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That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
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That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
You'll probably be alright.

It's an American launch site and you're an American.   :)
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That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
I'm not sure RL would appreciate term goat track, considering how much money was spent upgrading it.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday.
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That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
I'm not sure RL would appreciate term goat track, considering how much money was spent upgrading it.

By international (American anyways) standards, I'd reckon most New Zealand roads would be considered goat tracks.  Fortunately, there aren't all that many goats to hit whilst driving on them.. :)
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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South Island highways are excellent. North Island highways are okay, but suburban roads are atrocious 'goat tracks' full of potholes; particularly Auckland :(
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That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
I'm not sure RL would appreciate term goat track, considering how much money was spent upgrading it.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday.

But thats where the Rocket Goats are  ;)
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Hmm..  With all this talk of Mahia wildlife and a rocket that's taking it's jolly-old-time going anyplace, I do wonder what a stowaway possum might do to the rocket's trajectory if not spotted prior to lift-off.

How about bird poo? Can the avionics compensate for that??
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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 The road upgrades were actually the biggest problem. They're in progress and there are a few section where you have to grind uphill through six inches of loose aggregate.
 I just wish launch time would have been closer. The sheep station crew a mile from the pad was friendly but busy. They seemed interested that I was their Texas counterpart and I probably could have swung a perch on a hill a mile from the pad on launch day.
 Woulda, coulda, shoulda.
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Shane Fleming, Rocket Lab: fixed issue with motor controller son Electron that postponed launch last month. Shipping vehicle back to the launch site in the coming weeks. #SpaceTechExpo

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