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Rocket Lab: On Schedule for First Launch From Wallops Island in February, 2020

Rocket Lab Electron Launch Vehicle.
Rocket Lab Electron Launch Vehicle. (Photo: Rocket Lab, Huntington Beach, California)

Rocket Lab has just completed the launch platform for its second worldwide site at Wallops Island and says it is on track for its first launch from American soil in February of next year.

Rocket Lab has poured a 66-ton concrete pad and it’s ready to install a 44 foot vertical lift to position its unique Electron Rocket to be fired into space.

Launch Complex 1 is in New Zealand, with the Wallops Island facility slated to be Launch Complex 2.

"With the addition of Launch Complex 2, we have brought a new launch capability to the nation," said Richard French,  Director at Rocket Lab. "Between LC2 and 1, we can support up to 130 launches per year.  This gives small satellite operators and the government more launch opportunities and complete control over their schedule."

Rocket Lab claims to be the world’s leading small satellite launch provider, and will complement the launch capabilities already in place at Wallops Island.


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