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https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1275278212830867459

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Flight 14ís stage test is complete. Next stop, the launch site where flight 13 is already on the pad. #PuttingTheHammerDown
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I split/merged the budding launch cadence discussion to the general discussion thread.
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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.

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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
Couple of months! You are optimistic.
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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.

That really depends on how quickly Rocket Lab determines and remedied the issue that cause the launch failure.

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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
Couple of months! You are optimistic.
It all depends on how quickly they can find the root cause, and how easy it is to fix. I find a stand down of more than 6 months to be VERY unlikely given that this system now has built up some flight history.

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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
Couple of months! You are optimistic.
It all depends on how quickly they can find the root cause, and how easy it is to fix. I find a stand down of more than 6 months to be VERY unlikely given that this system now has built up some flight history.
It was 6months between 1st and 2nd flights. Failure was external ground monitoring equipment not Electron. There may have been issues in 1st flight that RL wanted fixed before 2nd.


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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
Couple of months! You are optimistic.
It all depends on how quickly they can find the root cause, and how easy it is to fix. I find a stand down of more than 6 months to be VERY unlikely given that this system now has built up some flight history.
It was 6months between 1st and 2nd flights. Failure was external ground monitoring equipment not Electron. There may have been issues in 1st flight that RL wanted fixed before 2nd.
Well there is obviously something they want to adjust here as well? So Iím not sure what your point is. If my prediction for the wait until launch 14 (less than 6 months) is wrong, make your own.

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6 makes sense..

2 months to identify cause, replicate it etc.
2 months to design a fix, implement, test, qualify...
2 months to get going again since they haven't hit 1 month turn around time yet anyway.

I like RL. 12 launches is nice, it's a completely new vehicle.  I hope that they can continue fabrication and once they get going again we'll see a 2x cadence or even higher, and they'll catch up in no time.
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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
Couple of months! You are optimistic.
It all depends on how quickly they can find the root cause, and how easy it is to fix. I find a stand down of more than 6 months to be VERY unlikely given that this system now has built up some flight history.
It was 6months between 1st and 2nd flights. Failure was external ground monitoring equipment not Electron. There may have been issues in 1st flight that RL wanted fixed before 2nd.
Well there is obviously something they want to adjust here as well? So Iím not sure what your point is. If my prediction for the wait until launch 14 (less than 6 months) is wrong, make your own.
I'm saying 2 months is optimistic. My guess 4-6 months.

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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
Couple of months! You are optimistic.
It all depends on how quickly they can find the root cause, and how easy it is to fix. I find a stand down of more than 6 months to be VERY unlikely given that this system now has built up some flight history.
It was 6months between 1st and 2nd flights. Failure was external ground monitoring equipment not Electron. There may have been issues in 1st flight that RL wanted fixed before 2nd.

I thought they were a little tighter on money back then?  Had to get it right...couldn't afford another failure...kinda like Falcon1 and SpaceX.

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This mission will likely get pushed back a couple of months now after the 13th flight failure.
You could say the production teams need to put their hammer's down for awhile.

What is it with rocket lab and their ironic names?

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Belated post from the day before the Flight 13 launch failure:
Rocket Lab plans next launch Saturday, closes in on first mission from Virginia, dated July 3
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After Saturdayís [July 4] mission, next up for Rocket Lab will be another Electron flight from New Zealand with a radar observation craft for Capella Space, a San Francisco startup developing a fleet of commercial all-weather surveillance satellites.
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Cross-post; note no mention yet of customer or payload aboard return-to-flight Flight 14:
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Rocket Lab to Resume Electron Launches in August

Four weeks after experiencing an in-flight anomaly, Rocket Lab has identified the issue and received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to return to flight

Long Beach, California. July 31, 2020 Ė Rocket Lab today announced that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to resume launches this month after identifying an anomalous electrical connection as the cause of an in-flight failure on July 4, 2020. With corrective measures underway, the next Electron launch has been scheduled for August from Launch Complex 1.
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Rocket Lab is now set to return to the pad in August to launch a dedicated mission from Launch Complex 1 Pad A on New Zealandís Māhia Peninsula. Specific details of the launch window and customer will be provided in the coming days.

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-to-resume-electron-launches-in-august/
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Peter Beck participated in a SmallSat discussion today. At about 9m 15s he says that next flight will be in 10 to 12 days:


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The next launch window opens 12 August 1500hrs-1900hrs NZST, daily through till 25 August, according to the regional council, announcing the range closure.

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The next launch window opens 12 August 1500hrs-1900hrs NZST, daily through till 25 August, according to the regional council, announcing the range closure.
NZST = UTC + 12:00

12 August 15:00 to 19:00 NZST = 12 August 03:00 to 07:00 UTC.

Please also note flight payload has not yet been confirmed.
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Itís almost just over 2 days to the start of the window, any news about this?
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No NOTAMs yet but the NAVWARs that were added on the 6th remain active. Likely won't launch at the start of the window but 2 week window means plenty of time for wooshing.
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