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Launch Article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/06/rocketlab-operational-electron-launch-five-payload/

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Rocket-

    Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME"

Satellites-

    Lemur-2 82 (to be 72nd in orbit)
    Lemur-2 83  (to be 73rd in orbit)
    CICERO (?) (to be 6th in orbit)
    IRVINE 01
    NABEO (will stay on second stage to deploy chute)

Launch Date-

    NET July 2018 (As of 29/06/2018)

Articles-
   
    Current Feature:

    Rocket Lab announces new launch date, payloads for Its Business Time Electron flight

    Flight 1:

    Rocket Labs Electron conducts inaugural flight from New Zealand

    Flight 2:

    Rocket Lab successfully conducts second Electron launch

    Previous Features:

    Rocket Lab to capitalize on test flight success with first operational mission
   
    Rocket Lab manifests third flight, aims for expanded flight rate and 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
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 The road upgrades were actually the biggest problem. They're in progress and there are a few sections 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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ARTICLE: Rocket Lab announces new launch date, payloads for Its Business Time Electron flight -
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/rocket-lab-new-launch-date-payloads-business-time-electron-flight/

- By Chris Gebhardt

Thanks to Rocket Lab for working with us on this, giving us an embargoed release to myself and Chris G (and personally, as opposed to those nameless bulk e-mails). Really nice touch.

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FCC filing for IRVINE01.

FCC File Number: 0108-EX-CM-2018   IRVINE01
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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.

I must admit I didn't see the reference until now  :D
May as well include a link to the music video clip in this thread. Too bad 23 June isn't a Wednesday  ::)
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WDR for "It's business time" complete!

https://www.facebook.com/RocketLabUSA/?hc_ref=ARSM3C1E4AONIy2o9vlEjOyQYI9e0PvbRF9gNu77OsdfjxVE4J7AVJYr0E04tM3ukH0&fref=nf

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Launch window opens 12:30 pm, Saturday 23 June (00:30 UTC).

The live webcast will be available approximately 15 minutes prior to launch at www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream


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The team is ready. Electron is primed. T-3 days. #ItsBusinessTime. Another stunning shot from launch team member @Kieran__Fanning

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009203455519481856
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T-2 days. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009552151964602368
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We're launching the incredibly exciting @irvinecubesat satellite on #ItsBusinessTime, built by high school students in Irvine, California. It's such a privilege to open access to orbit for projects like this.

@IPSFinfo #CubeSats #TimeToFly

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009982334123180032
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T-1 day. Electron is ready. Team is ready. Weather is looking good. #ItsBusinessTime

Launch window opens 12:30 pm, 23 June NZT (00:30 UTC)

Livestream at http://www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream , on our YouTube channel & http://www.facebook.com/RocketLabUSA . Webcast begins approx 20 mins before target T-0

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009925164937588736
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Here's the weather report from the NZ MetService.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1806/S00060/metservice-on-site-for-planned-rocket-lab-launch.htm

"Locals, spectators and the team at Rocket Lab should experience some settled weather and sunshine on Saturday as the company prepares for its second orbital launch off the Mahia Peninsula."
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Marine Exclusion Zone. Hopefully the boaters will be paying attention this time!

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/launch/mahia-information/marine/

"A Marine Safety Zone could be active between 11:00am - 5:00pm from from Saturday 23 June - Friday 6 July 2018."
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Webcast link:



The live webcast will begin approx 20 minutes prior to target T-0 time.

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Rocket Lab does not have a NOAA remote sensing license. I wonder if they will have to cut the second stage feed right before they reach orbit?
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html

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If we're still on the timeline (which we should be as Rocket Lab hasn't tweeted an update to the 12:50 UTC launch time), we're just under 3hrs to go.  Teams should be fueling Electron with RP-1 at this time.

Next major milestone is at T-2hrs 30mins when personnel will evacuate the pad ahead of the start of LOX load at T-2hrs.

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Rocket Lab does not have a NOAA remote sensing license. I wonder if they will have to cut the second stage feed right before they reach orbit?
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html
It depends if it applies to launches from Foreign soil.

Rocket Lab does not have a NOAA remote sensing license. I wonder if they will have to cut the second stage feed right before they reach orbit?
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html
It depends if it applies to launches from Foreign soil.

It should, for the same reason they need an FAA launch license. NOAA says:

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Who is Required to Apply for a License?
It is unlawful for any person who is subject to the jurisdiction or control of the United States, directly or through any subsidiary or affiliate to operate a private remote sensing space system without possession of a valid license issued under the Act and the regulations.

https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html

Beck said in his Reddit AMA two months ago:

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We're working with NOAA to understand where it all sits.

https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/8a1wwy/i_am_peter_beck_ask_me_anything_about_rocket_lab/dwvciws/

Maybe they can piggyback on the Lemur license?

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Under 2hrs now.  At this point, Rocket Lab's Launch Control teams should be stepping into LOX loading of Electron.

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If we're still on the timeline (which we should be as Rocket Lab hasn't tweeted an update to the 12:50 UTC launch time), we're just under 3hrs to go.  Teams should be fueling Electron with RP-1 at this time.

Next major milestone is at T-2hrs 30mins when personnel will evacuate the pad ahead of the start of LOX load at T-2hrs.

Livestream is set to start at 12:50 UTC, does that indicate a launch time of around 1:10?  Or is it just counting down to the actual scheduled launch? 

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It is counting down to the "expected/targeted" launch time.  However with past times....the actual launch is very fluid.

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T-1hr and counting. At this time, the New Zealand aviation authority will start advising pilots of the aerial launch hazard areas for today's launch of Electron -- effectively closing airspace around the pad and the down-range flight trajectory.

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Electron is vertical on the pad at Launch Complex 1. Mahia putting on a stunning day for launch. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010261550790164480
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@RocketLab's Electron is vertical, and our #smallsats are ready to fly! Watch it live, 5:50 PST https://buff.ly/2lrPGSA

https://twitter.com/SpireGlobal/status/1010270291673563136
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So incredibly proud of the team, they are ready to take us to orbit again.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1010298085707091968
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LOX fill is underway. Currently targeting a T-0 of 14:27 NZST (02:27 UTC). We had a brief hold this morning while we waited for some vehicle components to warm up. It's a chilly day at LC1! ❄️

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010313173256138754
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Electron looking frosty on the pad at LC-1 as it's filled with LOX. Currently at T-1 hour. #ItsBusinessTime

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Electron looking frosty on the pad at LC-1 as it's filled with LOX. Currently at T-1 hour. #ItsBusinessTime

Image from the above tweet.
"The Falcon has landed"

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Here's a higher resolution version. I click on the image and then save the image to my computer.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010333373938610176
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T-30 minutes. Webcast should begin in fifteen.
"Liftoff of Falcon 9: the world's first reflight of an orbital-class rocket."

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Already dressed up  for launch and Wednesday night.

Hope launch is not scrubbed otherwise there are going to be lot of smelly feet at RL. See 2nd photo.



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Holding at T-23 minutes while we configure a down range telemetry asset. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010343336522072065
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HOLD.

Down-range telemetry asset.


https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010343336522072065

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Holding at T-23 minutes while we configure a down range telemetry asset. Hold
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Still holding, but YouTube is still counting down to previous launch time.

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Just holding for a few minutes to check out some down range tracking  assets.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1010345744681713664
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and now per Youtube it is the Rocket Lab Webcast waiting game.

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Its a four hour window, which ends in two hours time. Hopefully, plenty of time to get this baby off the ground.
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One hour delay.

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Looking like it will be an hour. Tracking dish on one of our remote sites.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1010354455340961792
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Rocketlab YouTube clock has started. Showing T-37 minutes. T-0 is 0401 UTC.
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And we're back at the T-30 minute mark per the YouTube clock.
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Rocketlab YouTube clock has started. Showing T-37 minutes. T-0 is 0401 UTC.

Are we 100% sure that's official confirmation?  Why have they not said anything publicly in the 10 mins that have followed this?

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Unless there's a tweet from Rocket Lab, this "T0" is currently unofficial.
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Yeah, they could have just pushed the webcast about an hour and landed on that.

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Rocket Lab confirms there is no target T0

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Still holding. Window remains open until 04:30 UTC

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With Rocket Lab still holding at T-23mins, the count will have to resume by 04:07 UTC (00:07 EDT) in order to make the window today.

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Still holding. Window remains open until 04:30 UTC

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010367278452432898
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At this point, the teams have 10 minutes left to resolve the issue and resume the count to make an end-of-window attempt.
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Webstream has gone live, but is only showing RocketLab logo.
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Mission Control Auckland has confirmed a scrub for today.
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We got a picture.

Its a Scrub!
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Downrange ground station in the Chatham Islands has caused a SCRUB for the day.  Evaluating weather options for upcoming days.
All aboard the HSF hype train!  Choo Choo!

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Scrubbed for the day.
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Webcast has ended.
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Electron is healthy but we have not been able to resolve an issue with one of our down range tracking dishes in the Chatham Islands. Ironically this is also required for a solid live stream.

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In case you were wondering where Chatham Islands are. Looks to be South East of launch site.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_Islands
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In case someone missed the short broadcast

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I'm not surprised by the scrub. If it had been delayed another hour or so; it would be a night launch.
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Next attempt is this Monday.

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No launch attempt tomorrow. Team is standing down due to weather. Meantime, crews are on their way to Chatham Islands with spare parts for the dish that caused today's scrub. Next attempt on Monday 25 June NZST, weather pending.

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Rocket Lab:
"It's Business Time launch update: The down range tracking dish is now up and running, but weather conditions for Monday 25 June NZST are unfavorable so no launch attempt tomorrow. Now targeting no earlier than 12:30 pm, Tuesday 26 June NZST (00:30 UTC) for launch"
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Here's the Weather Map from the above tweet.

"Forecast poor weather continues tomorrow, so we're going to take it as a rest day to give us wider windows later in the week. Currently targeting no earlier than 12:30 pm (00:30 UTC) Wednesday 27 June for launch. #EverythingIsJustRightOnAWednesday"

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Launch in a few hours still looks on (at least according to one RocketLabs person):

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Electron is vertical on the pad! Winds are high at LC-1, but forecast to ease closer to the window. Today's 4-hour launch window opens at 12:30 pm NZST (00:30 UTC). Livestream at http://www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream  . Webcast starts approx. 20 mins prior to target T-0.
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T-0 set to 02:10 UTC, weather improving.

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Livestream.

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Here's the photo that Peter Beck posted.
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We should be -- if all is on schedule -- at T-57mins and COUNTING at this point.

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We're at T-30 minutes, according to the livestream timer.
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The team has identified an issue with the motor controller, so we're scrubbing for the day to review data. Stay tuned for updates!

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1011787184200749057
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Looks like we did not totally resolve the controller from last attempt. Similar behaviour.

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Here's the photo that went with Rocketlab's tweet.
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Judging by the fact we hadn't heard anything so far today, I would assume there will be no launch attempt tonight?
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No launch attempt today. The team is taking the day to review data from yesterday's motor controller issue.  New target T-0 is being assessed.

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Hopefully this means quicker than the previous delay:

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The team is standing down from this launch window to take a closer look at the motor controller behavior again. We're still not happy with the data, and as we all know, the only metric that counts in the launch business is 100% mission success.

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Rocket Lab media release:

Its Business Time: Launch Update

Huntington Beach, California. June 27, 2018: Rocket Lab is standing down from the Its Business Time launch window following identification of an issue with motor controller behavior during pre-launch checks on 27 June 2018, NZST.
 

The motor controller behavior was similar to that previously identified during wet dress rehearsal operations in April. This issue was analysed and corrective measures in place, however a similar issue presented during yesterdays pre-launch operational checks. All systems had previously performed nominally during a wet dress rehearsal on 16 June NZST.  A motor controller is a device that governs commands given to selected hardware and software systems throughout the launch vehicle.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said the team will take additional time to review data before a new launch window will be confirmed.

Our test program was about making it to orbit and deploying our first customer satellites. Having achieved that and moved into commercial operations, mission assurance is our focus for every customer flying on Electron, he said. Theres only one measure that matters in the launch industry and thats 100 per cent mission success. Well take some time to review the data and tweak whatever we need to ahead of a new launch window to make sure we achieve that.

Rocket Lab will confirm a new launch window once the data review is complete.
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For those wondering what a motor controller is, this article has a good summary. Basically it is a circuit board that has digital electronics like a PIC microcontroller chip and analogue electronics like MOSFET transistors. You send digital signals to the PIC which then controls the MOSFETs which then sends high voltages and currents to your electrical motors. Presumably, the Rocketlab motor controller are the ones for the Rutherford fuel and oxidiser pumps. The motor controller also has the ability to monitor the currents and voltages going to the motor and this is presumably where the anomalous signals are being seen. Hard to say what is going wrong, but since the signals were OK in the first test and not OK in the second test, it could be that something in the test procedure is damaging the electronics.

https://core-electronics.com.au/tutorials/motor-drivers-vs-motor-controllers.html

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To be extra-super-double-pendantic, at high motor powers the 'motor controller' is split into two parts:
- The 'brains' of the controller that take "I want speed X" and determines what sequence of voltages and currents need to energise which windings at which times in order to achieve that commanded speed without releasing the magic blue smoke.
- Multiple power amplifiers that take the low-level outputs from the controller and actually produce the voltages and currents required using the power supply rails.

Problems can occur in either stage. The power amplifiers can be working perfectly but the motor controller is commanding them to produce the wrong output, or the controller can be commanding the correct output but the power amplifier is unable to achieve it in practice (e.g. commanding too high a current slew rate resulting in voltage transients).

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Launch delay, date/time TBD

SFN, Rocket Labs first commercial launch grounded to fix nagging technical issue, dated June 28

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Rocket Lab will bypass its current launch window to resolve a recurring problem with a motor controller on the companys light-class Electron rocket, officials said Thursday, likely postponing its first commercial satellite launch at least a few weeks.

The indefinite delay is the second time the U.S.-New Zealand launch company, which is on the cusp of commencing commercial launch services after two test flights, has given up on a two-week launch window to examine the motor controller issue.

The team is standing down from this launch window to take a closer look at the motor controller behavior again. Were still not happy with the data, and as we all know, the only metric that counts in the launch business is 100% mission success, Rocket Lab tweeted Thursday.

Peter Beck, Rocket Labs founder and CEO, tweeted that the mission will be back on the pad shortly at the companys launch site at Mahia Peninsula, located on New Zealands North Island.
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