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September 20, 2023

Rocket Lab Suffers Failure on 41st Mission

Company’s Overall Mission Completion Record Remains Excellent

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. experienced an as-of-yet undisclosed issue during the 19 September launch of the company’s 41st mission. Following lift-off from Rocket Lab’s New Zealand Launch Complex 1, the rocket completed a first-stage burn and stage separation, as planned, before an abnormality was observed at approximately two-minutes and thirty-seconds into flight. The nature of the abnormality resulted in the mission’s premature termination. Rocket Lab expressed regret, apologizing to customer Capella Space for the mission’s loss.

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