Tucson’s Vector picked to demo fast-launches for military

Tucson-based micro-satellite launch company Vector Launch is one of three companies chosen by the Defense Department’s research arm to show they can rapidly launch small payloads into space — and potentially win millions of dollars in prize money.

Vector was picked along with a subsidiary of Virgin Orbit and an undisclosed company to take part in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Launch Challenge, after a nationwide competition among 18 industry teams that prequalified last fall.