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Rocket Lab to launch U.S. Space Force`s Monolith mission

Athens, 28 July 2021. – Rocket Lab has opened a launch window for U.S. Space Force`s Monolith mission for 29 July, the company said.

Rocket Lab aims at launching the Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored demonstration satellite called Monolith into low Earth orbit (LEO) on its Electron rocket from its Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand.

“The satellite will explore and demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, where the sensor’s mass is a substantial fraction of the total mass of the spacecraft, changing the spacecraft’s dynamic properties and testing ability to maintain spacecraft attitude control,” Rocket Lab said.

“Analysis from the use of a deployable sensor aims to enable the use of smaller satellite buses when building future deployable sensors such as weather satellites, thereby reducing the cost, complexity, and development timelines. The satellite will also provide a platform to test future space protection capabilities.”

The launch window that opens tomorrow extends for 12 days, the company said.

Electron. Source: Rocket Lab

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