Rocket Report: SLS has technical problems, Vector—yes, Vector—is back

Atlas V on SLC-41 after being scrubbed due to an unexpected system response from remotely commanded ground system liquid oxygen valves.

Enlarge / Atlas V on SLC-41 after being scrubbed due to an unexpected system response from remotely commanded ground system liquid oxygen valves. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars)

Welcome to Edition 3.23 of the Rocket Report! Times are good when SpaceX launches a rocket on Thursday evening and United Launch Alliance has the potential to break its streak of scrubs on Sunday. After that, the next big US launch will be the Crew-1 mission carrying four humans into space—the most people launching at one time in more than a decade.

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Rocket Lab to attempt a first-stage recovery. Rocket Lab said Thursday it will attempt to recover the first stage of its Electron rocket for the first time with its next mission, scheduled for liftoff in mid-November. Company founder Peter Beck said he was not sure what Rocket Lab would fish out of the ocean. It could be a nearly intact first stage or, he admitted, “a smoldering stump.” The key with this test, he said, was to gather data about the parachute system, Ars reports.

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