Rocket Lab launches U.S. military satellites into space

Rocket Lab successfully launches the U.S. satellites.
Photo: Federal Aviation Administration

Rocket Lab launched 3 experimental satellites into space for the Defense Department Sunday.

Details: The Electron rocket lifted off at 2 a.m. ET from the company's New Zealand launch pad. The launch came hours after Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket, which sent an unpiloted Dragon cargo capsule into orbit with supplies for the International Space Station's crew.

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