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Rocket Lab - Without Mission A Beat Launch


Without Mission A Beat

Rocket Lab will launch the “Without Mission A Beat” dedicated mission on Electron from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 Pad A during a launch window that opens March 29, 2022 UTC.

Without Mission A Beat

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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

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

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Updates

Nosu • April 2, 2022, 1:39 p.m.

Successful launch


Nosu • April 2, 2022, 12:42 p.m.

Liftoff


Nosu • April 2, 2022, 12:12 p.m.

Webcast live


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
    $6000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    300 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    225 kg

Rocket Lab Ltd

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CEO: Peter Beck Founded: 2006 Successes: 30 Failures: 3 Pending: 11

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 a second launch complex in the US is under development.

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