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There and Back Again

Electron

Rocket Lab Ltd

Launch Status
Success

Mission

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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Location

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

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

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

Rocket

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 24 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 27 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.

Landing

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.

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.

Agency

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 a second launch complex in the US is under development.

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

bruh its the 20th of aprole

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

Like it .

Laurent
Laurent
2 months ago

Is the launch time Kiwi time?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Laurent
2 months ago

Times should be displayed in your timezone.

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

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

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

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