Rocket Lab, which is a small satellite launch firm, states it is looking to extend its spaceflight operations by building a new launch site in the US. This new pad will be the 2nd one for the firm, which already lift-offs its rockets from a personal site in New Zealand.
The startup has not selected a place for the 2nd launch pad yet but has tipped it down to 4 locations, everyone at government-operated launch services. These comprise the 2 most copious spaceports of US, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and Cape Canaveral in Florida. The other 2 locations comprise the Pacific Spaceport Complex, southern Alaska, and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. Initially, the firm requires working through all the essential regulatory obstacles and prices, as well as decipher how long the building will require. A new site will be crafted particularly for primary probe of Rocket Lab, the Electron.
The new launch pad will be named Launch Complex 2—a suitable title provided that the New Zealand site is known as Launch Complex 1. The foremost launch from the unit is scheduled to take place in the 2019’s first half, and Rocket Lab states the facility will be capable of backing lift-offs at least once a month. The firm has been very apparent that it aspires to lift-off its rockets as often as likely, ultimately sending up a probe every 3 Days. This 2nd unit could assist Rocket Lab to better accomplish that aim by letting for more regular flights to space.
A Canadian startup, Kepler Communications, developing a web of 140 telecom CubeSats, has joined forces with the Satellite Applications Catapult in the United Kingdom to construct a 3rd and ultimate prototype prior to pressing on with the complete constellation. During 2019’ summer, Kepler intends to set-off the prototype satellite, prior to the launch of the bigger constellation later that year.