Rocket Lab Ltd

Electron

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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 2 Failures: 1 Pending: 5

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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Launch Vehicle


Electron

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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.

Vehicle Specifications


Electron
GTO: None
LEO: 225
Length: 17.0 m
Diameter: 1.2 m
Launch Mass: 10k kg
Thurst: 162 kN
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Test Flight


The second test flight of the Electron small satellite launch vehicle. It is also the first Electron flight to carry commercial payload. It includes a Dove cubesat for company Planet intended for Earth observation. And also two Lemur-2 cubesats for company Spire which carry payloads for meteorology and ship traffic tracking.

Launch Window


NET: January 21st 2018 - 01:43 UTC

Open: January 21st 2018 - 01:30 UTC

Close: January 21st 2018 - 05:30 UTC

Watch the Launch



Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket Lab Launch Site


Links


Videos

https://vimeo.com/252011615
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg5234BOED8

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