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Couple of pieces on the failure investigation in this interview (which is Paywalled):

Rocket Lab's founder and CEO Peter Beck opens up about the company's recent launch failure — and its spacecraft to reach the moon, Venus, or even Mars
Dave Mosher 10 hours ago

”[...] But the good news is that it was a very graceful failure," Beck said.

By "graceful," Beck essentially means that the upper-stage rocket did not explode into pieces (and take crucial failure data with it).

Instead, the Electron's single Rutherford rocket engine shut down and provided the company enough time to download a maximum amount of data before the launcher (and its payload) burned up in Earth's atmosphere.

Engineers expect to conclude an investigation "in the next few weeks," a spokesperson told Business Insider on Tuesday.
 

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Rocket Lab SmallSat Update and Q&A was on You tube
Peter Beck announcement:


Electron Payload is increased to 300 kg, by improve the electrical Turbopumps.
What let to new payload faring for rocket. (not recovery)

Photon upper stage get update for Lunar and Interplanetary mission with 30 kg payload
with hypergol engine with solar power electrical Turbopumps, called Hypercurie

Flight 17 will be first recovery attempt of Electron first stage

End 2020 LC1B launch pad is ready to launch rockets.

2021 Rocket Lab will increase to 24 launches per year

In 2023 Rocket Lab will launch Interplanetary mission to Venus
Beck want to explore Venus and it's atmosphere and find answer on question is there live there ?

No Kennedy Space center Electron launch pad (was proposed as LC-3)
Beck declare that current Pads LC-1, LC-1b and LC-2 are adequate for there needs


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhqzSVEGVxw
 

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That would be an interesting choice.
 
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