The FAA approves Rocket Lab to continue launching rockets after the mission failed last month
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However, approval does not mean that Rocket Lab will actually resume launching immediately, although the FAA has It is determined that its existing launch permit is still valid after the rocket launch failure incident, but the company itself has the responsibility to continue to investigate the cause of the problem. Peter Baker, CEO and founder of Rocket Lab, called the ongoing work to determine the cause of the second-stage engine shutdown as “intricate layered failure analysis,” but also pointed out that they have reproduced this error in tests.
Now, the focus will be to find out the exact sequence of events and figure out what caused the system to enter the failed program. This process is expected to be completed sometime “in the next few weeks”, and then at that time, the company will embark on a substantial resumption of launch activities.
Rocket Lab did not mention an early mission failure in July last year in this update. It finally concluded that the abnormal situation was caused by a bad electrical connection, and this incident also caused a consequence similar to the safety shutdown of the second-stage engine last month.
The information recovered from the first stage of the Electron rocket after launch indicated that all this part of the mission went according to plan. Rocket Lab is increasing the reusability of its Electron first-stage booster, and implemented a new atmospheric re-entry and landing process test in this test, and the test went well. The company added that the new heat shield used in this flight meets the expected requirements, and now plans to conduct a heat test on the recovered first-stage engines to see how they perform.