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Rocket prototype arrives in Tucson, testing to begin

TUCSON- The first “block one flight unit” arrived in Tucson on Thursday, April 11.

Over the next month and a half, Vector Launch will be testing the rocket prototype.

The company said this is the first rocket testing for the city and they hope the testing will allow them to be able to produce the smallest, most viable rocket in order to lower costs.

“The whole idea there is by putting the launch down from say a hundred million dollars, like SpaceX charges, down to a million and a half, like we charge,” said Jim Cantrell, Vector CEO. “More people will have access to space and the small satellite operators can actually own their launch that they’re going on instead of package them by the hundred to put on a much larger rocket.”

Vector Launch said Tucson is one of best areas to use as a testing site in the country.

They hope that once the prototype is completely tested, they’ll be able to launch a rocket in June.

Mark Schnackenberg

Chief Meteorologist

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