• Rocket Lab's first US launch: Big for the company and the site

    13 days ago - By Ars Technica

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    Off in the southwest, the last colors of sunset lit up the rim of the sky, as a crescent Moon and two planets lined up above. It was a gorgeous scene, but one that everyone was ignoring. Instead, all eyes were focused on a bright patch of artificial light on a barrier island a couple of miles away. The lights there were focused on a small, slender needle-small enough to be hauled to the launch pad by a pickup truck.
    For years, the Electron rocket and the company behind it had been stuck in limbo at the Virginia launch site, waiting on various approvals-for regulatory agencies to...
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