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Rocket Lab loses payload as latest mission fails to reach orbit

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The lift-off was perfect, but about four minutes into its flight, a problem hit Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket that caused the satellite-launch mission to fail.
Following a perfect lift-off from Rocket Lab’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula on Sunday, July 5 local time, its Electron rocket’s payload failed to reach orbit after an anomaly occurred several minutes into the flight during the vehicle’s second-stage burn.
Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck described the failure of the mission as a “tough day” for the team, and apologized to Spaceflight, Canon Electronics, Planet, and In-Space Mission for failing to get their satellites — seven in all — into orbit.

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