Rocket Lab will resume launches no sooner than August 27th


If all goes according to plan, Rocket Lab will resume flights less than two months after an “anomaly” led to an Electron rocket failing shortly after launch, destroying its payload in the process. The company eventually pinpointed an electrical connection as the cause.

A fast turnaround might have been necessary. While Rocket Lab had a good track record for missions up until July, a significant delay might have cast doubt on the firm’s ability to identify and recover from setbacks. It’s not as experienced as companies like SpaceX. A quick (but not too quick) return to flight suggests it has the issue under control, and that customers won’t have to wait several months or more to get their cargo into orbit.

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