Rocket Lab Ltd


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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 3 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.


Launch Vehicle


Family: Electron

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, it's Rutherford engines. It is a very cheap rocket to launch with, costing only 6 million per launch.


Test Flight

This is the first test flight of the Electron rocket. Built and operated by Rocket Lab, Electron is meant to offer low-price launches for the small-sat market.

Launch Window

NET: May 25th 2017 - 04:20 UTC

Launch Window

Open: May 25th 2017 - 01:00 UTC

Close: May 25th 2017 - 05:00 UTC

Watch the Launch

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket Lab Launch Site