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.


Dedicated Rideshare

Electron's first commercial launch will feature two Lemur-2 cubesats for Spire Global, a single cubesat for GeoOptics, a NABEO drag sail demonstrator for High Performance Space Structure Systems, an IRVINE01 cubesat from the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program, and two Proxima cubesats from Fleet Space Technologies.

Launch Window

NET: November 11th 2018 - 03:50 UTC

Launch Window

Open: November 11th 2018 - 03:00 UTC

Close: November 11th 2018 - 07:00 UTC

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Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

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