Welcome to Version 5.23 of the Rocket Report! This has been a very enjoyable week for US rockets: Electron made a smashing debut in a launch from Virginia, Vulcan went vertical in Florida, and Starship handed a key check en path to its first orbital launch. I am wanting ahead to extra nice leaps in launch later this yr.
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Rocket Lab makes profitable US debut. For years, the Electron rocket and the corporate behind it had been caught in limbo on the Virginia launch web site, ready on numerous approvals—for regulatory businesses to share sufficient paperwork with one another to persuade everybody that the launch was protected. Then climate and the end-of-year holidays saved pushing the launch again. However on Tuesday, every thing went as easily as it’s attainable to think about, and the Electron shot to orbit virtually as quickly because the launch window opened, Ars reviews.
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