This Launch Support Agreement (Agreement) is entered into between the VIRGINIA COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT AUTHORITY (VCSFA), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and ROCKET LAB USA. INC, a Delaware Corporation, with its principal place of business located at 14520 Delta Lane, Suite 101, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Rocket Lab and VCSFA each may be referred to herein as a Party or jointly as the Parties.
WHEREAS, VCFSA is the operator of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), located at Wallops Island in Accomack County, Virginia, according to the terms of the NASA Agreement.
WHEREAS, VCFSA is endeavoring to facilitate spaceflight activities and expand the use of MARS.
WHEREAS, Rocket Lab is being awarded certain U.S. government and commercial contracts to launch various Electron rockets from a U.S. launch site.
WHEREAS, Rocket Lab has selected MARS as a launch site for the Electron launch vehicles.
WHEREAS, VCSFA and Rocket Lab have agreed that MARS would be an acceptable site to test and launch the Electron launch vehicle.
WHEREAS, VCSFA and Rocket Lab have executed a Construction Management Agreement for LC-2 and an integration facility concurrently with this Agreement.
WHEREAS, VCSFA, with the support of the Commonwealth of Virginia (the Commonwealth) and other Government entities, has made or may make, certain improvements to the existing MARS facilities that are intended to support Rocket Labs needs associated with launching the Electron vehicle as defined as LC-2, as well as the needs of similar businesses.
WHEREAS, Rocket Lab and VCSFA wish to enter into an agreement in which each Partys rights and responsibilities with respect to the operation, maintenance and use of MARS and related facilities are set forth.