Rocket Lab just got a leg up on the race to launch tiny satellites

April 17, 2018

A satellite startup just signed a first of its kind deal that it hopes will bring it more business in the red-hot small satellite market.

York Space Systems announced Tuesday that it signed a contract with Rocket Lab, a California and New Zealand-based startup that aced its first-ever orbital launch in January. The companies plan to streamline and reduce the cost of getting a small satellite to space.

York and Rocket Lab want to upend the current system, which takes months for satellites to undergo what’s called “mission integration” — tests and retrofitting to ensure a satellite can fly safely aboard a rocket.

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