Flight lasted only four minutes; company investigates the source of the failure
This weekend, Rocket Lab made its 13 launch. The “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen” mission, however, lasted just four minutes, before failing. The rocket and cargo from three customers were lost, including seven satellites. The source of the failure is still unclear and the company now works with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the investigation.
Peter Beck, founder of Rocket Lab, apologized on Twitter and was “deeply sorry” for the loss of customer load. He also stressed that the company will learn from what happened and that this is a reminder that space launches are “unforgiving”.
The charges carried by the rocket include a camera system to record images of Canon Earth. In addition, it carried Planet satellites, which would expand its planet-watching constellation. In-Space was carrying out its first Cubesat mission, part of an initiative to help researchers and startups to put payloads into orbits.
A brief statement about today’s mission from our founder and CEO, Peter Beck. pic.twitter.com/QUShtzp7J0
– Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) July 5, 2020
While the investigation does not point out what went wrong and how to solve the problem, Rocket Lab is expected not to try new launches. The failure of this mission suggests that the company is still not entirely reliable for space flights, and shows that there is still a lot to do.
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