Launch of the New Zealand rocket with three satellites is unsuccessful
Private company Rocket Lab, founded by a native of New Zealand, Peter Beck, conducted the first tests of its rocket ultra-light class "Elektron" back in May of this year. The first commercial launch (combined with a second test in a row) was scheduled for today, but it ended in failure. It had to be an emergency stop is literally a couple of seconds after the engines started.
The Rocket "Elektron" is designed to commercial launches of micro- and nano-satellites and is designed for a payload of up to 150 kilograms, if it comes to sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers, or 250 kilograms for output to low-Earth orbit. Guide Rocket Lab hoped to start producing more launches kubsatov, at a total cost of one run of about 6, 5 million dollars before the end of 2017. The first commercial launch was to put into orbit three satellites, whose size is less than a shoebox.
The launch was carried out from the launch pad, located on the peninsula Mahiya (northern part of the east coast of Iceland). The Command Center is still not disclosed the official reason for canceling the launch, as experts are still studying the data. What exactly happened to the engines - will show only a comprehensive analysis of the situation. However, Rocket Lab employees look to the future with optimism and are confident that the re-launch of missiles "Elektron" will be made very soon. Perhaps even this Thursday. In May of this year, Rocket Lab managed to bring the rocket "Electron" into orbit during the test run, but soon after that it was lost as a result of connection failure due to unclear devices. Give the company management does not intend to, so the engineering team will continue to further improve the design of the rocket, as well as equipment, which it is equipped. It is possible that Elon Musk will be a serious competitor in the near future. After all, no one forbids Rocket Lab to develop missiles heavier class.