Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Rocket Lab Plans Electron Test Launches This Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The successful qualification of the second stage of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket keeps the small launch vehicle on track to carry out a series of test flights later this year, the company announced April 13.

Rocket Lab said it had completed qualification testing of the second stage, powered by the company’s Rutherford engine, clearing it for flight. The company will soon begin qualification tests of the vehicle’s first stage, which uses nine Rutherford engines.

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