The first successful test flight of small satellite launcher Rocket Lab was launched in May and now they are ready for their 2nd flight. The New Zealand-based kickoff will start the final tests next month on its Electron launch vehicle. The company said in a statement that launching operation will be opened after scheduling these test for completion. Though, there might not be any test run. The Rocket Labs tweeted that the Electron rocket will have a payload and both Spire and Planet will have small satellites aboard the launch vehicle. Spire will deliver its weather-mapping and ship-tracking Lemur-2 satellites in the orbit. Planet has a massive network of small satellites and these satellites are being used to scan and image the earth, and it will deliver 2 of its Dove nano-satellites to the orbit.
The first launch of Rocket Lab was considered successful, but the rocket was unable to reach the orbit. A deep post-flight analysis had indicated that it was due to incorrect telemetry configuration equipment. It caused the launch center a temporary discontinued communication with the rocket. According to standard procedure, the flight operation was terminated after this incident. But, now the issue has been fixed and the Rocket Lab is much confident that its 2nd test will be more efficient and perfect. A competitor “Vector” has launched a prototype of its rocket and named it “Vector-R”. it was launched last month in a suborbital flight and it carried a customer payload. The small satellite space race has been increased and it is expected that Rocket Lab might be the 1st of the two in sending it to the orbit.