Rocket Report: SpaceShipTwo soars, BFR engine advances, a self-eating booster

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Rocket Lab sets a date for its third Electron launch. After a delay from April, Rocket Lab has set a new 14-day launch window that will open from June 23 to July 6. The company says the original launch window was moved from April after unusual behavior was identified in a motor controller during a wet dress rehearsal. The team used the additional time to review data, identify the cause of the issue, and fix it. This extra time also allowed Rocket Lab to add additional payload to its launch vehicle, including a “drag sail” that could be attached to small satellites and deployed once they reached the end of their useful life, Stuff reports.

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Rocket Report: SpaceShipTwo soars, BFR engine advances, a self-eating booster