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The Moon God Awakens (QPS-SAR-5)

Electron

Rocket Lab

Launch Status
Success

Mission


The Moon God Awakens (QPS-SAR-5)

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $6,000,000

QPS-SAR-5 is a synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite that will join a constellation after QPS-SAR-6 already in orbit. iQPS’s satellites are small, high-performance SAR satellites that use a lightweight, large, stowable antenna to collect high resolution images of Earth, even through clouds and adverse weather conditions.

The Moon God Awakens (QPS-SAR-5)

Location


Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B has witnessed the launch of 13 rockets, including 13 orbital launch attempts, while Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, has been the site for 39 rocket launches.

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B

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 42

Booster 42 last launched 12/15/2023 and has seen 0 successful launches and landings. Booster used for the “The Moon God Awakens” mission.

South Pacific – PAC

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

Expended – EXP

Vehicle did not perform any landing operations after launch

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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. 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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Robert Lester
Robert Lester
2 months ago

Godspeed know it’s unmanned but important. I wouldn’t let whether delays with the rocket like this deter the awesomeness and all the hard work of everyone no rocket delays unless it’s safety.

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

All the very best from the team (down under).

CraigsL
CraigsL
2 months ago

Nice to see Electron back in action after the little break. Beautiful Launch to watch. I hope the new upgrades allow hundreds more flawless flights of this system.