We are quickly making progress into the anomaly and the team is chasing it down with gusto. It has been incredibly humbling to see so much support and kind words. Thank you!
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.
Electric pumped, on orbit storable, green hypergolic in space thruster, that will take us to the moon, Venus and beyond!
View: https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1296211126636523520Can't wait to see it fly!! What are the specs? Thrust?? ISP??
310 sec baseline @ 200:1 exit ratio.