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Image caption The Electron mission was lost about six minutes after leaving Mahia Peninsula. The American launch company that flies its rockets out of New Zealand has lost its latest mission. Rocket Lab said its Electron vehicle failed late in its ascent from Mahia Peninsula on North Island. All satellite payloads are assumed to have been destroyed. These included imaging spacecraft from Canon Electronics of Japan and Planet Labs Inc of California, as well as a technology demonstration platform from a UK start-up called In-Space Missions. Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck apologised to his customers. "I am incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers' satellites today. Rest assured we ... Full story

5 July