Love At First Insight
Rocket Lab Ltd
Love At First Insight
Type: Earth Science
Launch Cost: $6,000,000
Payload consists of two BlackSky Gen-2 high-resolution multi-spectral Earth observation satellites.
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Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
32 rockets have launched from Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.
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 31 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 34 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.
Electron’s first stage splashed down in the pacific ocean following main chute deployment.
South Pacific – PAC
Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.
Parachute Landing – PL
Unpowered landing using parachute(s).
Rocket Lab Ltd – RL
- 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.
Go Rocket lab. Electron, keeping our natural Earth Environment under observation via satellites .
We and the next generation appreciate it .
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 .