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Rocket Lab Electron launch fails to reach orbit, with 7 lost satellites

A Rocket Lab Electron repeater failed to reach orbit while attempting to launch seven small satellites for three different customers on Saturday (July 4).

The double stage Electron repeater got up from the pad on Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch site at 5:19 pm EST (919 GMT; 9:19 pm New Zealand local time), carrying seven Earth imaging satellites up high, including five payloads for the company. Planet satellite imaging, as well as a satellite for Canon Electronics and one for space missions in the UK. But a problem with the rocket’s second stage engine burn led to the loss of all seven payloads.

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