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STP-27RM (It’s a Little Chile Up Here)


Rocket Lab Ltd

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STP-27RM (It’s a Little Chile Up Here)

Type: Government/Top Secret

A U.S. Air Force experimental spacecraft. It will demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, where the sensor’s mass is a substantial fraction of the total mass of the spacecraft and provide a platform to test future space protection capabilities.

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Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

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

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



Length: 18 meters
Diameter: 1.2 meters
First Launch: May 25, 2017

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 rocket has been launched a total of 21 times with 18 successful and 3 failed launches.


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 they are currently looking into developing a facility in the US.

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

Cubesats are the way to go ,cost effective etc. Australia’s young space industry is currently looking to explore this method .
Keep on keeping on Rocket Lab.

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

Nice launch from our New Z. friends .
Now the Moon and Mars, Venus.