Rocket Report: A new space race in India, Elon’s hat is safe for now

Smoke spews from a rocket launch.

Enlarge / An Atlas V rocket lifts off on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (credit: United Launch Alliance)

Welcome to Edition 3.45 of the Rocket Report! This week we have an Indian commercial space race to dig into, an explanation of why Elon Musk’s hat is probably safe, and much, much more to discuss in the realm of launch.

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Rocket Lab reviewing data after second failure. Rocket Lab said Monday that it is continuing to review data from the flight of its 20th Electron launch, which failed to reach orbit after lifting off on Saturday, May 15. The US-based company said the rocket experienced an anomaly “almost three minutes” into the launch of two BlackSky Global satellites, after the rocket’s first and second stages had separated, Ars reports.