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Love At First Insight

Electron

Rocket Lab

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Love At First Insight

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $6,000,000

Payload consists of two BlackSky Gen-2 high-resolution multi-spectral Earth observation satellites.

Love At First Insight

Location


Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A has witnessed the launch of 26 rockets, including 26 orbital launch attempts, while Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, has been the site for 41 rocket launches.

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A

Rocket


Rocket Lab Electron

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. It is also used as a suborbital testbed (called HASTE) for hypersonics research.

Electron

Landing


Core 22

Booster 22 last launched 11/18/2021 and has seen 1 successful launches and landings. Booster used for Electron’s 22nd flight (Love At First Insight)

South Pacific – PAC

Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.

Parachute Landing – PL

Unpowered landing using parachute(s).

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Agency


Rocket Lab

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. The company is also producing a variety of spacecrafts and spacecrafts components.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
2 years ago

Go Rocket lab. Electron, keeping our natural Earth Environment under observation via satellites .
We and the next generation appreciate it .

Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
2 years ago

Bonza launch by our NZ space friends you folks can give us Aussies a lesson in rocket launches .
Great web coverage of the nominal launch well done to all involved .