Running Out Of Toes
Rocket Lab Ltd
Running Out of Toes
Type: Earth Science
Launch Cost: $6,000,000
This was the 20th launch of Electron rocket. It carried two Earth imaging microsatellites for BlackSky’s constellation which were lost due to a launcher failure after second stage ignition.
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
32 rockets have launched from Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.
Electron – Rocket Lab Ltd
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 29 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 32 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.
The Electron first stage successfully performed a soft splashdown in the Pacific Ocean using parachutes.
South Pacific – PAC
Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.
Parachute Landing – PL
Unpowered landing using parachute(s).
Rocket Lab Ltd
Administration: CEO: Peter Beck
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.