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Rocket Lab loses two satellites but still aims to recover a rocket – CNET

The first stage of the company’s Electron rocket may fly again one day, but its payload is lost.

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A Rocket Lab Electron rocket awaits liftoff in New Zealand.
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New Zealand and US-based space startup Rocket Lab lost a pair of satellites as the second stage of one of its Electron rockets failed to make it to orbit Saturday.
After a successful liftoff from the company’s New Zealand launch facility, something went wrong after the first stage booster separated from the smaller second stage carrying two satellites for Earth imaging company BlackSky. A live feed from the second stage showed…

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