Rocket Lab Ltd

Electron

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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 8 Failures: 1 Pending: 4

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.

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Electron

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Electron is a two-stage orbital expendable launch vehicle (with an optional third stage) developed by the American aerospace company Rocket Lab. It is a relatively small rocket and used to launch small satellites and cubesats to sun-synchronous orbit. It is the first orbital class rocket to use electric-pump-fed engines, its Rutherford engines. It is a very cheap rocket to launch with, costing only 6 million per launch.

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Earth Science


Encapsulated in Electron's fairing will be a single spacecraft for Astro Digital, a California-based satellite manufacturer and operator. The Landmapper-BC remote sensing satellite features a broad coverage multispectral imaging system with a resolution of 22 meters per pixel. Eventually, Astro Digital plans to extend the Landmapper-BC constellation to capture daily, multispectral imagery of the world’s arable land. The mission is named 'As The Crow Flies' in a nod to Astro Digital's Corvus Platform, which provides flexible and cost-effective solutions across a wide range of applications and mission profiles on bus variants ranging from 6U and 16U CubeSats to ESPA Class. Corvus is also a widely-distributed genus of birds which includes crows.

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Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1



Kuaizhou
Success
4 days, 18 hours ago
Kuaizhou
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 6
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Ningxia 1 (x5)
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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Kuaizhou
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Jilin-1-02A
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Starlink 1
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. Since the demo launch of...


Long March 3
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Beidou-3 IGSO-3
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Beidou is a Chinese satellite navigation system. Beidou-3 IGSO-3 is another addition to the part of the constellation consisting of satellites in a...


Long March 4
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Gaofen-7
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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Antares 230+
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Cygnus CRS NG-12
Launch Area 0 A - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

This is the 13th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 12th flight to the International Space Station und...


SARGE
Failure
3 weeks, 5 days ago
SARGE Launch 4
Vertical Launch Area - Spaceport America, NM, USA

The 4th launch of EXOS Aerospace's reusable launch vehicle.


Long March 3
Success
1 month ago
TJS-4 (TJSW-4)
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

TJS-4 is a geosynchronous satellite which is used for multi-band and high-rate satellite communication technology verification.


Electron
Success
1 month ago
As The Crow Flies
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Encapsulated in Electron's fairing will be a single spacecraft for Astro Digital, a California-based satellite manufacturer and operator. The Landm...