Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket lifts off on July 4, 2020.
Small rocket builder Rocket Lab is going back to the launchpad in August, as the company said it diagnosed the cause of its recent launch failure and received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to resumes launches.
“We were able to quickly reconstruct what happened, and the [investigation] board was able to confidently narrow down the issue to a single eligible connection,” Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck told reporters during a briefing on Friday.
The company’s Electron rocket launched its 13th mission on July 4, carrying seven small satellites bound for orbit. But the rocket never reached its destination, despite the early stages of the launch going according to plan, as a disconnection in its electrical system caused the rocket’s engine to shut down. Rocket Lab says the root of the issue was an electrical system that wasn’t secured, which led to the part overheating and then melting during flight.