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Launch delay, date/time TBD

SFN, Rocket Lab’s 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 company’s 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. 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,” Rocket Lab tweeted Thursday.

Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s founder and CEO, tweeted that the mission “will be back on the pad shortly” at the company’s launch site at Mahia Peninsula, located on New Zealand’s North Island.
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https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1056982622256062464

Fleet Space Technologies joins Rocket Lab manifest for  It’s Business Time mission 
 
Fleet’s two ‘Proxima’ satellites are the first scheduled launch of commercial CubeSats from an Australian company
 
Adelaide, Australia and Huntington Beach, California. EMBARGOED until 6:00 am, Monday 29 October PDT. US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has signed a contract with fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) start-up Fleet Space Technologies to launch two satellites that will form the foundation of a global IoT communications constellation. The two Proxima satellites are the first of a fleet of small, low-cost satellites that will provide internet connectivity for millions of sensor devices based in remote locations on Earth.
 
The satellites have been added to the manifest for Rocket Lab’s upcoming mission, ‘It’s Business Time’, scheduled for launch in November from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex-1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. The payloads were manifested quickly, with just weeks passing between signing the agreement and the satellites completing integration for launch next month. This rapid manifesting process is crucial to small satellite customers, offering flexible and frequent launch opportunities.   
 
The Fleet satellites will be launched inside Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built Maxwell dispenser. They join the current It’s Business Time payloads of two Spire Global Lemur-2 satellites, the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP) IRVINE01 educational CubeSat, NABEO, a drag sail technology demonstrator designed and built by High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH and a GeoOptics Inc. satellite, built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.
 
The Proxima I and II satellites are a pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats designed and built by Fleet. The satellites will mark the first commercial tests of Fleet’s software-defined radios, enabling it to transmit data efficiently across both S-band and L-band frequencies in space. The satellites will ultimately help form the beginning of a constellation of more than 100 nanosatellites that, together, will act as a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) space network for enterprises across the world.
 
Rocket Lab Chief Executive, Peter Beck, said Fleet Space Technologies is one of the key leaders in Australia’s emerging commercial space industry. “We’re thrilled to add Fleet’s Proxima satellites to the It’s Business Time manifest. Fleet’s planned constellation of more than 100 satellites will enable greater connectivity across the globe and provide better access to data about our planet.”
 
“We’re proud to offer a rapid and agile approach to launching small satellites – one that sees customers like Fleet join a manifest and be integrated into the Electron vehicle ready for launch in just weeks, not months or years. This approach supports commercial companies and governments alike to rapidly deploy space-based assets and get them operational faster.” 
 
Fleet Space Technologies Chief Executive, Flavia Tata Nardini, who founded Fleet to enable a more efficient world through connectivity, said the rapid manifesting and integration time is a key attraction to Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle.
 
“We decided to build and launch two more satellites over the past few months and Rocket Lab has moved at the speed of light to incorporate them in this mission, assist us with licensing and complete

 
integration in record time. We will be in space less than few months after making the decision to join the mission. This rapid turnaround time is what the space industry really needs now.
 
“To see our first commercial CubeSats launched is an incredibly important milestone for us as a business, and it sets us on the path to achieving our goal of connecting Australia, and the world, in ways like never before.”
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has licensed Fleet to perform satellite telemetry, tracking, and command, and payload data reception across S-band and L-band frequencies. The launches of Proxima I and II also allows Fleet to test longwave and shortwave band frequencies.
The pathfinding payloads on Proxima I and II are scheduled to launch in advance of Fleet’s larger Centauri satellites, which are set to be launched aboard other launch vehicles in late 2018. 
 
When combined with Fleet's ground terminal, the Portal, Fleet’s constellation will enable satellite connectivity in remote industries where cellular networks are not present. 
 
The Portal enables businesses to connect up to a thousand devices to private, secure Low Power Wide Area Networks anywhere around the world, at a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite systems. Unlike other IoT gateways, the Portal goes beyond simple data collection and uses embedded edge computing-based software to analyse and select key, targeted data for secure transmission over an array of satellite service options, including Fleet’s own satellites.  This revolutionary approach means the use of IoT in remote industries is now achievable, enabling data-driven decisions that improve productivity and efficiency across a range of industries, including mining, logistics and agriculture. 
 
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« Last Edit: 10/29/2018 06:01 PM by Chris Bergin »

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The cubesats are neat, but what may be the most significant information is right up front:

........... Nov launch date to be announced this week...
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1056982622256062464
« Last Edit: 10/29/2018 07:33 PM by Comga »
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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This article says the Proxima satellites will "be in orbit after November 11". You can read the whole article by viewing the html source. Fleet are located right here in Adelaide and I know Ms Tata Nardini quite well. To show its a small world, her husband's auntie is the wife of my late father's friend!

https://www.afr.com/business/transport/fleet-chooses-new-zealand-in-nanosatellite-space-race-20181028-h177ku
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http://www.spacetechasia.com/rocket-lab-to-launch-2-more-satellites-from-australias-fleet-space-in-nov-11-mission/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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The satellites have been added to the manifest for Rocket Lab’s upcoming mission, ‘It’s Business Time’, scheduled for launch on November 11 from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex-1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula.

The Fleet satellites will join other payloads for the launch:  two Spire Global Lemur-2 satellites, the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP) IRVINE01 educational CubeSat, NABEO, a drag sail technology demonstrator designed and built by High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH and a GeoOptics Inc. satellite, built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

The Proxima I and II satellites are a pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats designed and built by Fleet.


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Updated the article on site to cater for the additional payloads and the launch date being set:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/10/rocket-lab-return-november-follow-nasa-launch/

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Does anyone know why salo has the launch pushed off until the 19th?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Does anyone know why salo has the launch pushed off until the 19th?

I don't know, but that's the last day of the window.

twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1057362252834033664

"Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
Oct 30

Launch window
Sunday 11 November – Monday 19 November 2018, NZDT
 
Daily launch opportunities
NZDT:  16:00 – 20:00
UTC:      03:00 – 07:00
PST:      19:00 – 23:00
EST:       22:00 – 02:00"
« Last Edit: 11/03/2018 04:20 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Does anyone know why salo has the launch pushed off until the 19th?

I don't know, but that's the last day of the window.

twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1057362252834033664

"Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
Oct 30

Launch window
Sunday 11 November – Monday 19 November 2018, NZDT
 
Daily launch opportunities
NZDT:  16:00 – 20:00
UTC:      03:00 – 07:00
PST:      19:00 – 23:00
EST:       22:00 – 02:00"

And as salo explained to me, he didn't change to the 19th, he added "-19" to indicate the length of the launch permit.  So still on for Nov 11, as far as we see here.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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B6216/18 -  DANGER AREA NZD023 (EAST AUCKLAND OCEANIC FIR) ACT. REF AIP SUP 76/18. SFC - FL999, 11 NOV 02:30 2018 UNTIL 11 NOV 07:35 2018. CREATED: 04 NOV 23:50 2018

NZD023 East Auckland Oceanic FIR
Upper limit: FL999.
Lower limit: Surface.
Activity: Active when advised by NOTAM between 1810101100
and 1902271059 (0000, THU 11 OCT 18 NZDT and 2359,
WED 27 FEB 19 NZDT); rocket launch activity.
Using agency: Rocket Lab Ltd, Shaun D’Mello — Launch Range Lead


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B6215/18 -  DANGER AREA NZD493 (MAHIA, HAWKE'S BAY) ACT. REF AIP SUP 76/18. SFC - FL999, 11 NOV 02:30 2018 UNTIL 11 NOV 07:35 2018. CREATED: 04 NOV 23:48 2018

B6214/18 - RESTRICTED AREA NZR401 (MAHIA, HAWKE BAY) ACT. SFC - 13500FT AMSL, 11 NOV 02:30 2018 UNTIL 11 NOV 07:35 2018. CREATED: 04 NOV 23:44 2018

Cant see anyone else posted this already, but the new Press Kit is out now the launch include 2 additional payloads

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/Its-Business-Time-Press-Kit6.pdf