Rocket Lab is expanding its U.S. footprint, alongside the formal opening of its first launching area on Wallops Island, Va. The rocket propel startup will open a brand-new corporate headquarters in Long Beach, Calif. at a facility that are able to also offer some production capabilities, and act as its second Mission Control Center, augmenting its existing Mission Control in New Zealand.
Construction on the brand-new equipment has already begun, Rocket Lab says, and should be completed in the second quarter of this year. Its production capacity will represent it can put out over a dozen full Electron launch vehicles per year, which should perform the company’s needs in terms of furnishing its planned launch cadence of roughly one launching per month from the Wallops Island launch site.
In addition to being able to Electron launch vehicles, the Long Beach facility will too be inducing Rocket Lab satellites, which are part of the company’s expanded service offerings. Rocket Lab announced last year that it was moving beyond only offering opens to patients, and will provide end-to-end mission assistances — including customizable planet hardware that can be tailored to the needs of buyers looking to deploy big satellites for any number of purposes.
Rocket Lab is also going to house its first U.S. Mission Control Center at this Long Beach location, from which it’ll be able to coordinate and manage its opens at Wallops. Between that and its New Zealand-based Mission Control, this should help it manage the increased work it should ramp up to when launching from both LC-1 in New Zealand and LC-2 at Wallops — and eventually, a second launch pad at its Mahia Peninsula, NZ complex.
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