VCLS ELaNa XXXII & others (Don't Stop Me Now)

Overview

Destination: None
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This rideshare mission carries small satellites for NASA, University of New South Wales and for NRO. The mission has been named ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ in recognition of Rocket Lab board member and avid Queen fan Scott Smith, who recently passed away.


SpaceNews

Rocket Lab postpones launch because of coronavirus pandemic

Rocket Lab announced March 24 that it was delaying the next launch of its Electron rocket as the New Zealand government there enacts a near-total lockdown.

SpaceNews

Rocket Lab launch preparations continue despite coronavirus travel restrictions

Rocket Lab still plans a launch later this month despite the coronavirus pandemic, although another company’s plans for a launch this month remain unclear.

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
    17.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    12 T
  • Thrust
    162 kN
Family
  • Name
    Electron
  • Family
    Electron
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Electron
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $6,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    225 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    225 kg

Rocket Lab Ltd

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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 10 Failures: 1 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.

INFO WIKI

Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Pad: Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1


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