There and Back Again
Rocket Lab Ltd
There and Back Again
Type: Dedicated Rideshare
Launch Cost: $6,000,000
Commercial rideshare mission including payloads for Alba Orbital, Astrix Astronautics, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, E-Space, Spaceflight Inc, Swarm Technologies and UNSEENLABS.
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Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
33 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 32 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 35 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.
Rocket lab successfully caught the Electron first stage, however due to different load characteristics than were experienced during testing the pilot dropped the stage at his discretion to complete a successful splashdown.
South Pacific – PAC
Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.
Helicopter Catch – HC
The first stage is caught by a helicopter while slowly descending towards the sea under a parachute.
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.
This is the launch where a helicopter will catch the booster stage hence to be used again and again.
The circular economy at its best .
bruh its the 20th of aprole
Like it .
Is the launch time Kiwi time?
Times should be displayed in your timezone.
Those Kiwi’s know how to fly……..rockets .!
Oh those Kiwis have done it again catching the first stage rocket with a helicopter , magic folks .!