Electron – Rocket Lab Ltd Family: Electron meters Length: 18 meters Diameter: 1.2 meters Launch Mass: 13 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 300 The Electron was manufactured by Rocket Lab Ltd with the first launch on 2017-05-25. Electron has 15 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 17 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. Manufacturer 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. Rocket Lab Ltd is a Commercial USA entity that was founded in 2006 and is administered by CEO: Peter Beck. Rocket Lab Ltd has 15 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 17 launches.