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Running Out Of Toes

Electron

Rocket Lab

Launch Status
Failure

Mission


Running Out of Toes

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • 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.

Running Out of Toes

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 39 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 20

Booster 20 last launched 05/15/2021 and has seen 1 successful launches and landings. Booster used for Electron’s 20th flight (Running Out Of Toes). Successfully splashed down offshore.

South Pacific – PAC

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

Parachute Landing – PL

Unpowered landing using parachute(s).

20

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. 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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