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Rocket Lab signs an agreement to launch Earth-imaging satellites

Rocket Lab signs an agreement to launch Earth-imaging satellites
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket is designed for launching small satellites into orbit. (Geoff Dale / Rocket Lab)

The launch manifest for Los Angeles-based Rocket Lab is starting to fill up. The small-satellite launch company said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Earth-imaging satellite firm Planet for three dedicated launches on its Electron rocket.

The launches are scheduled to begin in 2017, though the Electron has not yet had its first flight.

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Rocket Lab has already won launch contracts from NASA, satellite data company Spire and moon mining start-up Moon Express.

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