Here is a SkySat image of the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 spaceport, which can be found on New Zealand’s North Island at the southern tip of the Māhia Peninsula. The image was collected on June 6, 2020. © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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On July 4, 2020 (July 5 local time in New Zealand), Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket carrying Planet’s Flock 4e (five SuperDoves) suffered an anomaly preventing the successful launch and deployment of the satellite payloads. While it’s never the outcome that we hope for, the risk of launch failure is one Planet is always prepared for. We have 26 SuperDoves, Flock 4v, slated for launch on a Vega rocket later this summer, and several other launches over the next 12 months are on the manifest.
We have full faith that Rocket Lab will be able to bounce back from today’s failure in no time, and we look forward to flying on the Electron again.