Electron | STP-27RD

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 STP-27RD mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission was on Sun, May 5th, 2019, 2:00 AM 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

STP-27RD

The mission has been procured by the DoD Space Test Program in partnership with Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as part of its Rapid Agile Launch Initiative .The payload consists of three satellites, SPARC-1, Falcon ODE and Harbinger, that will deployed in a precise sequence. The Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1) mission, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), is a joint Swedish-United States experiment to explore technology developments in avionics miniaturization, software defined radio systems, and space situational awareness (SSA). The Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment (Falcon ODE), sponsored by the United States Air Force Academy, will evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects. Harbinger, a commercial small satellite built by York Space Systems and sponsored by the U.S Army, will demonstrate the ability of an experimental commercial system to meet DoD space capability requirements.

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, it's 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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