Rocket Lab, an aerospace company that was about to launch a U.S. National Intelligence Agency satellite, announced that the launch had been postponed due to the need to update the software of secret space equipment. The Rocket Lab launcher was scheduled to launch the satellite from the New Zealand site on Friday, July 22. According to Rocket Lab on Twitter, the launch was postponed for an indefinite period.
, – noted Rocket Lab, commenting on the social media situation in response to the NRO tweet, which reported the need to update the software for the NROL-199 object.9 According to NRO, NROL-199 will go to space as soon as the updates are made and Rocket Lab sets a new launch date.
Rocket Lab is known to have planned to launch from New Zealand using a two-stage Elettron rocket with the help of Australian military personnel. On July 13, the company successfully launched another American spy satellite into orbit. Although the extent of social media coverage of specific activities for previous years is unknown, secrecy is not known about the satellite's functions. According to the company, the satellite will help the NRO to provide critical information ".
The NRO, which will be the operator of the facility in the future, is developing, launching and maintaining United States reconnaissance and observation satellites capable of gathering vast amounts of information about the planet, events and events on it. Rocket Lab has already carried out several missions on behalf of the United States Government. In addition to NROL-162 earlier this month, three more shipments were launched into orbit in June 2020. In addition, in January of the same year, the company launched the NROL-151 secret satellite.
At present, Elektron is not a reusable rocket, but Rocket Lab intends to re-use the missile at least in part and quite soon. During the May test mission, the helicopter caught the first stage of the accelerator in a trap.