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There and Back Again

Electron

Rocket Lab

Launch Status
Success

Mission


There and Back Again

  • Type: Dedicated Rideshare
  • Orbit: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
  • 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.

There and Back Again

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 42 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 26

Booster 26 last launched 05/02/2022 and has seen 0 successful launches and landings. First stage used for Electron’s 26th flight (There and Back Again).

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.

26

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. The company is also producing a variety of spacecrafts and spacecrafts components.

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

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 .
Go Electron.

cool
cool
2 years ago

bruh its the 20th of aprole

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  cool
2 years ago

Like it .

Laurent
Laurent
2 years ago

Is the launch time Kiwi time?

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

Those Kiwi’s know how to fly……..rockets .!

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

Oh those Kiwis have done it again catching the first stage rocket with a helicopter , magic folks .!