Welcome to Edition 3.04 of the Rocket Report! This week we’re looking ahead to an exciting Vega launch on Friday evening (or early Saturday, if you’re in Europe) that will be worth watching if you’re near a computer. This is Vega’s return-to-flight mission, and it’s always fun to watch the small, solid-fueled rocket, well, rocket off the launch pad.
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Rocket Lab launches, signs two more customers. On Saturday, an Electron rocket successfully launched a set of payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and two universities on a mission delayed 2.5 months by the coronavirus pandemic. All five payloads on the rocket for the Don’t Stop Me Now mission were successfully deployed in a “perfect orbit,” SpaceNews reported.