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Rocket lab has been certified by NASA to perform small satellite launch mission

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2020/3/18 14:11:26     readed:930

According to foreign media reports, rocket lab's electron rocket has obtained NASA's class 1 certification.This means that the vehicle can be used to carry out more important tasks, providing a new source of income for the developing private sector. It is reported that this certification is mainly based on the fourth commercial launch of rocket lab. In 2018, the company's flagship mission in elana-19 delivered a number of small satellites to NASA and successfully put them into orbit.


(photo):Rocket Lab)

This experimental mission is part of NASA's risk launch service program to test new and small launch vehicles with non critical payloads.

Peter Beck, CEO and founder of rocket lab, said in a press release:

With the launch of elana-19, we have established a strong partnership with NASA, which continues to today's capstone mission.

Next year rocket lab will be able to send NASA satellites into lunar orbit via electron rockets and photon spacecraft.

It is reported that NASA's risk level is decreasing from 1 to 3 categories, and certification is mainly based on successful launch.


NASA can easily break the mission cycle through unnecessary tasks such as small test satellites, which is also the significance of VCLs project. In addition, NASA will carefully inspect the facilities and manufacturing processes of relevant enterprises.

Darren be, head of risk management, NASA launch services teamDELLIt is believed that the rocket lab team can ensure that the process is controllable, repeatable and measurable to ensure the success of the task.

At present, rocket lab is in the process of class 2 certification, and the relevant evaluation standards are more stringent, and it needs to achieve six consecutive successes in the rocket launch mission with the same configuration.

Finally, the company will launch its next mission for NASA, the National Reconnaissance agency and the University of New South Wales on March 27 local time (window period).

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