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Watch a Tucson-based rocket company’s successful first flight test

A Tucson-based startup had its first launch of a prototype Vector-R rocket Wednesday in California, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Vector’s 42-foot-long engineering model of the rocket had the first of many flight tests to forecast the use of the launch vehicles put out by the company.

The first launch was supposed to come in April, but that was called off because of sensor malfunction and high winds.

Commercial launches for the Tucson-based startup that plans to launch micro-satellites into space are planned to begin next year.

“The success of this test not only sets the standard for the swift mobile development of our launch vehicles but also furthers our mission to revolutionize the spaceflight industry and increase speed to orbit,” Vector co-founder and CEO Jim Cantrell said in a news release.

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