Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Delta II Rocket That Gave Us GPS and the Mars Rovers Retires

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Delta II Rocket That Gave Us GPS and the Mars Rovers Retires

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Last weekend, the Delta II rocket—for 30 years a regular fixture on launchpads in the United States—lifted off for the final time. The vehicle, built by the United Launch Alliance, had long carried the title of the most reliable rocket in service. With a record 153 successful launches out of 155 flights, the 125-foot-tall monolith,…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired It’s Business Time for Rocket Lab, Launcher of Small Satellites

Hexbyte Tech News Wired It’s Business Time for Rocket Lab, Launcher of Small Satellites

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“Dear everyone,” wrote Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck during a reddit AMA in April, “I’m not building a bigger rocket any time soon.” Beck seems to get asked about expansion a lot. He and his Kiwi-US space company don’t build craft whose names end in “heavy.” Their rockets don’t land after launch. They’re only about…