Electron | DARPA R3D2

Rocket Lab Ltd launch of a Electron Rocket

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Rocket Lab Ltd was scheduled to launch a Electron rocket as part of the DARPA R3D2 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Mar 28th, 2019, 6:30 PM EDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Electron and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

DARPA R3D2

Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) is a mission for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It will test a prototype reflect array antenna which is intended to improve radio communications in small spacecraft.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Rocket Lab Ltd

Rocket

Electron

Electron is a two-stage orbital expendable launch vehicle (with an optional third stage) developed by the American aerospace company Rocket Lab. It is a relatively small rocket and used to launch small satellites and cubesats to sun-synchronous orbit. It is the first orbital class rocket to use electric-pump-fed engines, its Rutherford engines. It is a very cheap rocket to launch with, costing only 6 million per launch.

Rocket Lab Ltd

Rocket Lab is an American aerospace manufacturer with a wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary. The company develops lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. The Electron Program was founded on the premise that small payloads such as CubeSats require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility not currently offered by traditional rocket systems. Its rocket, the Electron, is a light-weight rocket and is now operating commercially. Electron currently launches from only Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand however they are currently looking into developing a facility in the US.

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