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Spaceflight Reveals 2nd Rideshare Mission With Rocket Lab

By | August 6, 2019
BlackSky’s Global-4 is a microsatellite class Earth-imaging system. Photo: Spaceflight

BlackSky’s Global-4 is a microsatellite class Earth-imaging system. Photo: Spaceflight

Spaceflight managed the procurement, integration, and mission management services for three spacecraft on Rocket Lab’s next mission aboard an Electron rocket. This mission, called “Look Ma, No Hands” by Rocket Lab, represents Spaceflight’s second of several launches scheduled with Rocket Lab this year, and follows the launch of seven spacecraft on its inaugural “Make it Rain” mission with Rocket Lab in late June from Launch Complex 1 at the southern tip of Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

This mission marks Spaceflight’s fifth launch of 2019. The spacecraft include BlackSky’s Global-4, and the United States Air Force Space Command’s “Pearl White.”

“We’re looking forward to offering our customers a regular cadence of launches with Rocket Lab,” said Curt Blake, CEO of Spaceflight. “Our second Electron launch is off to a mid-inclination orbit which is necessary for these customers to fulfill their business and mission objectives. Having multiple launches across different launch vehicles gives our customers the flexibility they need to mitigate risk from potential delays.”