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Rocket Lab to open a new combined HQ, mission control and production facility in Long Beach – Internet

Rocket Lab is increasing its U.S. footprint, alongside the opening of its first launch web site on Wallops Island, Virginia. The rocket launch startup will open a new company headquarters in Long Beach, California, at a facility that may even present some production capabilities, and act as its second Mission Control Center, complementing its current Mission Control in New Zealand.

Construction on the new facility has already begun, Rocket Lab says, and needs to be accomplished in the second quarter of this yr. Its production capability will imply it could actually put out over a dozen full Electron launch autos per yr, which ought to serve the corporate’s wants in phrases of supplying its deliberate launch cadence of roughly one launch per 30 days from the Wallops Island launch web site.

In addition to Electron launch autos, the Long Beach facility may even be producing Rocket Lab satellites, that are a part of the corporate’s expanded service choices. Rocket Lab introduced final yr that it was transferring past simply providing launches to shoppers, and will present end-to-end mission companies – together with customizable satellite tv for pc {hardware} which could be tailor-made to the wants of shoppers trying to deploy small satellites for any variety of functions.

Rocket Lab can be going to home its first U.S. Mission Control Center at this Long Beach location, from which it’ll find a way to coordinate and handle its launches at Wallops. Between that and its NZ-based Mission Control, this could assist it handle the elevated quantity it ought to ramp up to when launching from each LC-1 in New Zealand and LC-2 at Wallops – and finally, a second launch pad at its Mahia Peninsula, NZ complicated.

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