Aerospace launch Rocket Lab will try to re-launch its first commercial mission to space this weekend, a year the company calls "It's a Business Time". A small satellite launcher aims to send seven tiny probes into a low earth orbit on its rocket electronics. If successful, the flight will officially begin commercial operations for the company, which has so far left only two test flights.
However, Rocket Lab had problems getting "It's Business Time" in the air. The company, which launches from a private website in New Zealand, has tried several times to fly on this particular mission, but had to descend after she noticed some strange behavior with one of the rocket engine controller. After making several design changes, Rocket Lab is ready to try again. The company has a launch window that extends from this evening, from November 10 to November 19, and has the ability to launch every day between 10PM ET and 2AM ET.
Departing to this flight is a bunch of small satellites from Spire Global, Tivak Nano-Satellite Systems, Fleet Space Technologies and Irvine CubeSat STEM, and some of these probes are sized. This is because the primary goal of Rocket Lab is just launching small satellites. Electron's vehicle, about 56 meters high, is capable of placing between 330 and nearly 500 pounds on low orbits above the Earth. This is perfect for satellite operators who focus on creating a smaller space flight than on the size of a school bus.
So far, Rocket Lab just scored an orbit. He conducted two test flights before this mission, both of which were made into space. However, the first mission failed to achieve orbit due to problems with communication equipment on the ground. The other managed to establish an orbit and set up four satellites. If this mission goes well, then Rocket Lab can boast 11 probes in orbit.
And as soon as this flight is over, Rocket Lab has one more approaching. The company aims to launch a NASA mission in December called ELaN KSIKS, which will set up 11 small satellite satellites in orbit. The company also claims to have a manned mannequin, and Rocket Lab's executive director Peter Beck said the next year's goal is to make 16 flights.
But first, it's business time that needs to fly. Rocket Lab plans to lower the launch of one lifting time. Follow the tvitter company for mission updates, and see here to watch the mission live.