Rocket Report: ULA starts military lobbying campaign, SLS to launch in 2 months

Enlarge / SpaceX launched the SES-22 mission (shown here) this week, its 27th of the year. The company’s Falcon 9 launches have become so routine it didn’t even make this week’s Rocket Report! (credit: Trevor Mahlmann)

Welcome to Edition 5.01 of the Rocket Report! The Rocket Report turns 5 years old today, which means we have now published about 200 editions. I’ve probably written 400,000 words—more than one word for every kilometer to the Moon. That seems like a lot in hindsight, but I also feel like I’m just getting started. Thanks to everyone who has read along, and shared the newsletter with your friends and co-workers.

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Rocket Lab launches first deep-space mission. The company’s small Electron vehicle launched the 25 kg CAPSTONE mission on Tuesday, and the rocket placed the spacecraft into a good orbit, Chief Executive Peter Beck said. Since then, Rocket Lab’s “Photon” spacecraft bus has been performing additional burns to raise CAPSTONE’s orbit. In a few days, after raising CAPSTONE’s orbit to 60,000 km, the Photon stage will make a final burn and boost CAPSTONE into deep space.

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