This morning, the rocket company Rocket Lab Electron was supposed to deliver to orbit 7 satellites. He added that "many Electron launch vehicles in production" and that the company is "ready for a rapid return to flight".
The launch vehicle experienced a failure during the second stage burn post-launch, after a lift-off from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.
Then the footage ends with Rocket Lab saying the signal from electron had become too weak to continue the video feed. The company said in a statement that the still-unidentified issue occurred about four minutes into flight.
"I am incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers' satellites today".
"We know many people poured their hearts and souls into those spacecraft".
A few minutes later, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck followed up with an apology to customers with payloads aboard the rocket. The company is meant to provide cheap rocket launch service to earth's lower orbit, making smaller rockets and crafting new production lines to suffice the growing payload demands. On board were seven satellites for three different customers.
Mr Beck said the spacecraft, which was launched from Rocket Lab's pad in the Hawke's Bay, was insured. "Rest assured we will find the issue, correct it and be back on the pad soon", he said on Twitter.
"The launch team operated with professionalism and expertise to implement systems and procedures that ensured the anomaly was managed safely".
The launch included a 67-kilogram earth-imaging satellite for Canon Electronics to photograph objects on the ground as small as 90 centimetres wide. Planet is about to launch up to 26 of its SuperDove satellites on a European Vega rocket in August, from South America. The primary payload was Canon Electronics' CE-SAT-IB, created to demonstrate Earth-imaging technology with high-resolution and wide-angle cameras.
The mission, codenamed "Pics Or It Didn't Happen", hosted seven small satellites from multiple customers. It has also started testing out methods to re-use the first stage of its rocket by collecting it in midair with a helicopter, and is exploring other recycling techniques involving parachutes and soft landings in the ocean. So long as the next Electron launch goes according to plan, it should be able to move on from Saturday's disaster.