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Antipodean Adventure (NROL-199)

Electron

Rocket Lab Ltd

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NROL-199 (RASR-4)

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $6,000,000

Classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Mission patch for NROL-199 (RASR-4)

Location

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

29 rockets have launched from Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B, Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket

Electron – Rocket Lab Ltd

Family: Electron
Length: 18 m
Diameter: 1.2 m
Launch Mass: 13 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 300 kg

The Electron was manufactured by Rocket Lab Ltd with the first launch on 2017-05-25. Electron has 26 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 29 launches. Electron is a two-stage orbital expendable launch vehicle (with an optional third stage) developed by the American aerospace company Rocket Lab. Electron is a small-lift launch vehicle designed to launch small satellites and cubesats to sun-synchronous orbit and low earth orbit. The Electron is the first orbital class rocket to use electric-pump-fed engines, powered by the 9 Rutherford engines on the first stage.

Agency

Rocket Lab Ltd

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: RL
Administration: CEO: Peter Beck
Founded: 2006
Launchers: Electron

Country: USA

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 a second launch complex in the US is under development.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 month ago

Good luck N.Z with this secret mission folks for the free world.!

Jim Pook
Jim Pook
11 days ago

All the links are pointing to the Aug. 1st Launch attempt that was scrubbed.

Is there an updated link for the Aug. 3rd Launch attempt in 90 minutes?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Jim Pook
10 days ago

We added some extra caching to the website and it appears to be too sticky. We will look into the issue.

Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
9 days ago

Great launch folks.!