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Rocket Report: Starship build sites shuffled, SLS "absolutely mandatory"


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “Rocket Report: Starship build sites shuffled, SLS “absolutely mandatory””. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Welcome to Edition 2.25 of the Rocket Report! Please note that there will be no report next week due to extreme laziness on the part of the author taking a week off from his day job to work on a book project. Thank you for your patience, and we'll be back in mid-December.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Rocket Lab to test reuse on 10th mission. The New Zealand company's 10th flight of its Electron Rocket, delightfully named Running Out Of Fingers, will test some reuse technology for future recovery of the booster. The mission due to launch on December 6 will use an upgraded first stage, NASASpaceFlight.com reports.

Running out of rockets ... The upgraded first stage includes a Reaction Control System, which will be used to orientate Electron rockets for recovery as well as guidance and navigation hardware such as a new S-band telemetry system and onboard flight computer. The company also said it has installed a new radar for tracking the rocket as part of its recovery. Rocket Lab's Peter Beck says the company needs to start recovering Electrons to keep up with customer demand. (submitted by Platykurtic)

Scottish spaceport likely to be delayed. Plans to build the UK's first vertical-launching spaceport in the Highlands have been delayed so that changes can be made to its design. The Highlands and Islands Enterprise has confirmed that an application for planning permission will not be lodged later this month, as was previously intended, the Press and Journal reports.

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