Rocket Lab Electron Booster is launching on the Mahia peninsula of New Zealand on December 16, 2016 to take NASA to 13-cubed orbit.
Credit: Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab's ramp up is fine so far.
The spacecraft launched 13 small satellites this morning (December 16) at the first mission of the NASA after the month after the first commercial flight.
Since Rocket Lab Elektron Booster opened the company's start in the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand, 1:33 a.m. Today is EST (0633 GMT and 7:33 p.m. local New Zealand) to launch NASA's ELaNa-19 mission. [In Photos: Rocket Lab and Its Electron Booster]
Twenty-three minutes later, all payments were distributed from an "electoral stage" of Electron and was located in a circular orbit around 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the Earth.
Small satellites will do a lot of work there. For example, Van Allen will measure the radiation level of the belt, which will help the researchers to better understand the spacecraft. Another purpose is to demonstrate the efficacy of robotic printed and 3D printed machines; and another demonstrating technology could be a bit of space exploration for a new system of solar sails to exploit little space, Rocket Lab said.
The Rocket Lab in California is intended to increase access to space, using affordable Electrons, which is 57 meters high (17 meters) tall and about 500 lbs. (227 kilograms) Earth Orbita $ 5 million per mission. (ELaNa-19 cubes weigh 172 kg, or 78 kg, they have been told by Rocket Lab).
ELaNa-19 is launching the NASA Nanosatellites program. It promotes and maintains young people's interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to the mission, NASA's Cubans did not have a much larger "rocket" vehicle with a "primary charge", as the Rocket Lab representative said. (There are ten satellite satellites that are specific to ELANs, the other three are also NASA cubicles, Rocket Laben Spokesman by email by Morgan Bailey Space.com).
ELaNa-19 was launched next, "Time in Business", "Rocket Lab's first commercial mission." "Business Time" is being launched on May 10 from the Mahia Peninsula to showcase six small satellites and a technological "drag department".
The e-mail hosts two other orbital flights under its belt, the "Only Test" and "Still Testing" missions, launched in May 2017 and January respectively. Despite his name, "Still Testing" got four small satellite lofting in orbit.
In other flights, rockets and mission names were the same. But that changed with ELanNa-19, whose E-machine was called "Pickering This." Sir William Pickering, New Zealand Director, stated: Explorer 1, the first successful United States satellite team. Pickering, who died at the age of 93 in 2004, directed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1954 to 1976.
All Rocket Lab missions will not be on the Mahia Peninsula. The company has recently announced that Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport flies from Virginia; The first earthquakes of exploitation would be held next year, as the Rocket Lab representatives said.
Today, it was originally launched on Wednesdays (December 12), but Rocket Lab was running for a few days to spend the weather system.
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