Recently, the space industry is increasingly moving from the state to private companies. Quite successful doing from companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. But in this market there is another fairly large player in the draft Rocket Lab. Not so long ago held the first successful launch of rocket, and now it became known that the company is building for the second launch pad, the first rocket which starts in 2019.
A new place to turn the site was chosen Eastern Virginia, specifically the wallops flight facility, belonging to NASA. Recall that the first launch pad was built on the Peninsula Mahia in New Zealand. As said General Director of Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck in an interview with The Verge,
“The creation of the second platform to launch will give us more opportunities for development, because not all customers want to go to New Zealand. The presence of a base in the US will allow us to improve their position in the market. In addition, it will increase the number of starts of rockets.”
As for the rockets, it will be all the same rocket called Electron, which could orbit a payload weighing up to 225 pounds, which happened in January of this year when the Electron was taken outside the Earth’s atmosphere 3 satellite. It is worth noting that the company is still in the spring of 2018 started looking for a place to build a new site, called Launch Complex 2. Among the possible locations were considered, in addition to selected wallops flight facility, Cape Canaveral (Florida), Vandenberg air force base (CA) Pacific spaceport (AK).
The characteristics of the rocket Electron
Construction of Launch Complex 2, statement of Peter Beck, will cost 20 million U.S. dollars. The complex will have not only the pad, but also additional structures like offices, flight control center, workshops for the Assembly of missiles and the installation of satellites and so on. First rocket launch with the Electron Launch Complex 2 is scheduled for the 3rd quarter 2019.
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