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Rocket Lab 'Love At First Insight' Launch


Love At First Insight

Scheduled to lift-off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula in late August, the ‘Love At First Insight’ mission will be Rocket Lab’s 22nd Electron launch overall and fifth mission of 2021. ‘Love At First Insight’ is the first in a rapid succession of scheduled Electron launches betw...

Love At First Insight

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Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
22 - South Pacific

Payload consists of two BlackSky Gen-2 high-resolution multi-spectral Earth observation satellites.

Updates

scottm3 • Nov. 18, 2021, 2:41 a.m.

Payload successfully deployed via rocket lab twitter.


Nosu • Nov. 17, 2021, 7:18 p.m.

Adjusting T-0 and setting GO


spacevogel • Nov. 16, 2021, 7:24 a.m.

Delayed once again due to weather.


Electron

Family: Electron
Configuration:

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. It is also used as a suborbital testbed (called HASTE) for hypersonics research.

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Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    2
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    18.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    1.2 m
  • Launch Mass
    13 T
  • Thrust
    162 kN
Family
  • Name
    Electron
  • Family
    Electron
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Electron
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $6000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    300 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    225 kg

Booster Info


22

Status: Retired


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: November 18, 2021
Last Flight: November 18, 2021
Flights: 1
Landings Attempted: 1
Landings Successful: 1

Landing Information

Electron's first stage splashed down in the pacific ocean following main chute deployment.

Result: Successful Parachute Landing landing at South Pacific.

Rocket Lab

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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 42 Failures: 4 Pending: 28

Agency Type: Commercial

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. The company is also producing a variety of spacecrafts and spacecrafts components.

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