Rocket Lab's seventh Electron launch, scheduled for next Thursday, will have weather and education satellites on its manifest and, more mysteriously, two Prometheus CubeSats for US military agency Socom.

Rocket Lab doesn't want to talk about the Socom payload citing commercial sensitivity (although founder Peter Beck was willing to say it was a reasearch project rather than operational).

And neither will the three-year-old New Zealand Space Agency, which sits within MBIE - although NZSA head Peter Crabtree has said there is a non-negotiable full disclosure to his agency, even if it won't necessarily share details with the public.

Crabtree did

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Beck plays down payload

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