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Rocket Lab’s 3D printed Electron Rocket enters final testing ahead of U.S Space Force mission

California-based aerospace company Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket has been raised onto its launchpad ahead of the company’s upcoming mission with the U.S. Space Force.

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The rocket, powered by its 3D printed Rutherford engines, has passed initial system testing and was rolled out to Launch Complex 2, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops, Virginia last week.

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In the mission scheduled for Q3 2020 and coordinated by the U.S. Space Force , Rocket Lab will launch a microsatellite from the U.S. Air Force research laboratory’s Monolith program into space. The aim of the mission is to determine the ability of small satellites to support large aperture payloads and to monitor space weather.

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“We’re proud to be partnering with the U.S. Space Force for the first mission from Launch Complex 2 and we’re honored to be working with them again following previous STP missions out of Launch Complex 1,” said Peter […]

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