The American aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab on Saturday completed its first successful commercial launch into seven spacecrafts, including "six small satellites and tarpaulin demonstrator", aboard a relatively small electronic rocket designed primarily for smalls and cubes, said Spaceflight Now.
According to the report, a two-tier 5.7-million-dollar raccoon from the Rocket Lab in New Zealand and its nine main engines was powered by kerosene:
A 17-meter-high two-speed rocket fired 9 kerosene-powered main Rutherford engines on Sunday (10:50 EST on Saturday) and set off from Launch Complex 1, operated by a space shuttle on the Mahia Peninsula, located on the eastern coast of North Island of New Zealand .
The electron traveled south of the Mahia Peninsula and jumped nearly £ 50,000 from the Rutherford engine during the two-and-a-half-minute first burning phase.
After the missile amplifier separated from the second stage and fell into the open space, the second Rutherford second engine motor (mostly a 3D-printed design with a motor-driven electric pump) took the rest of the payload into the orbit. The final stage brought a useful load into the orbit. SpaceFlight now announced:
The Rocket Lab is a Curie kick stage deployed from the second-degree Electron about nine minutes after liftoff, in an elliptical orbit with a low point of about 200 kilometers and a high point about 500 kilometers above the ground and a slope of 85 degrees.
The Curie Race Stage flies over Antarctica, then flies north across the Atlantic Ocean before firing its main engine that fired the "green" non-toxic liquid propellant. The burning of nearly two minutes aimed to circle the orbit of the hill at an altitude of about 310 kilometers before the release of six satellite passengers.
As CNBC said, an electronic rocket is designed to load a spacecraft up to the size of the refrigerator faster than a larger competitor, such as the Falcon 9 SpaceX, although it is more expensive than the other. On Saturday, they brought satellites for Spire, Tyvak, Fleet and Irvine CubeSat STEM, as well as a sail demonstrator that is a prototype of technology that makes it possible to clean some debris in the orbit around the Earth.
While Rocket Lab made its first orbital launch in January, this attempt was postponed due to a "motor control" problem with a rocket that has since been fixed, CNBC wrote. Now that this problem has been resolved, Rocket Lab has had a lot of startups over the next 18 months that CEO Peter Beck said that CNBC is "around a $ 3 billion oil pipeline" and hopes to start once a week 2020. SpaceFlight Now next launch will be somewhere between December 10 and December 18, 2018, citing resources with a payload on a rocket.[SpaceFlight Now/CNBC]