Rocket rolls down streets to AZ state Capitol

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Illustration of launch. (Sourcxe: Vector) Illustration of launch. (Sourcxe: Vector)
The rocket as it left Tucson. (Source: KOLD) The rocket as it left Tucson. (Source: KOLD)
(Source: Vector) (Source: Vector)

The world’s smallest satellite launch vehicle captured some attention when it rolled down streets to the Arizona state Capitol Monday morning.

Vector, a Tucson-based aerospace manufacturing company, unveiled the 50-foot Vector-R (Rapide) rocket, saying it reflects the company’s modern approach to space innovation and the confluence of our mission,” according to its Facebook posting.

The rocket made its journey from Tucson on a flatbed trailer.

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It’s on display at the Capitol Monday as part of Arizona Aerospace Day held to highlight the importance of the aerospace industry to the state.

The Vector-R operates from a mobile platform to launch satellites.

 The company says the rocket is launched “into polar and Sun synchronous orbits from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska and low inclination orbits from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.” 

At its full operational capability, the rocket is designed to make 100 flights a year.

On Dec. 15, 2016, Vector announced it had secured a 25-year lease in Tucson. It plans to hire 200 employees in 3 years.

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