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[b]Rocket Lab successfully completes stage two flight acceptance test for third Electron vehicle[/b]
Rocket Lab has successfully completed a second stage flight acceptance test of the company's third Electron launch vehicle, currently scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2018.
The test marks the beginning of a busy flight acceptance test period for Rocket Lab, with five Electron vehicles currently in production across the company's US and New Zealand manufacturing facilities.
Rocket Lab Founder and CEO Peter Beck says the busy test program reflects the increased production and launch cadence anticipated for 2018.
"As we head into Electron's second test launch, our production facilities are ramping up production and and more Electron vehicles are rolling off the line to service a full 2018 manifest," he said. "We have a busy year ahead of both acceptance testing and launches as we work towards greatly increasing launch frequency in the coming 12 months."
The latest acceptance test took place ahead of Rocket Lab's second test launch window for the Still Testing vehicle, due to open on Friday 19 January at 17:30 PT/20:30 ET.
The launch will be live streamed on Rocket Lab's website, as well as Rocket Lab's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Live webcasts will be available approximately 15 minutes prior to a launch attempt.
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