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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Low Earth Orbit Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
20 - Pacific

This was the 20th launch of Electron rocket. It carried two Earth imaging microsatellites for BlackSky's constellation which were lost due to a launcher failure after second stage ignition.

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Updates

SwGustav • May 15, 2021, 11:41 a.m.

Launch failure confirmed


Cosmic_Penguin • May 15, 2021, 4:31 a.m.

New launch time.


Nosu • May 3, 2021, 9:29 p.m.

Added launch time and setting GO.


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.

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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
    $6,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    300 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    225 kg

Booster Info


20

Status: Active


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: May 15, 2021
Last Flight: May 15, 2021
Flights: 1
Landings Attempted: 1
Landings Successful: 1

Landing Information

The Electron first stage successfully performed a soft splashdown in the Pacific Ocean using parachutes.

Result: Successful Parachute Landing landing at Pacific.

Rocket Lab Ltd

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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 18 Failures: 3 Pending: 5

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. 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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Rocket Lab says engine issue caused Electron failure

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"We deeply regret the loss of BlackSky's payload."

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

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