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Rocket Lab wins contract for Astroscale satellite
Posted: Sat, Sep 25, 2021, 2:40 PM ET (1840 GMT)
Electron launch of Flight 19 mission, March 2021 (Rocket Lab) Rocket Lab will launch an Astroscale inspection satellite. Rocket Lab announced this week it will launch the Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) spacecraft on an Electron in 2023. ADRAS-J will rendezvous with an upper stage of a Japanese rocket left in low Earth orbit, inspecting it as a first step for a later mission to deorbit the stage. The launch contract is the second that Rocket Lab has announced this month.
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