Thursday, April 14, 2022

Electron Rocket Launch in New Zealand | Rocket Lab

Electron Rocket Launch in New Zealand | Rocket Lab

Neutron Launches Coming Soon to America via Wallops Island, Virginia

Electron launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula on April 2, 2022. The ‘Without Mission A Beat’ mission was Rocket Lab’s 25th Electron launch overall and first mission of 2022. The total number of satellites launched by Rocket Lab now totals 112. 

Electron deployed two BlackSky high-resolution Gen-2 Earth imaging satellites to a 430km circular low Earth orbit, where BlackSky is rapidly developing its satellite constellation to better meet global demand for real-time geospatial analytics. This expanded BlackSky’s constellation to 14 satellites. Rocket Lab has delivered the majority of BlackSky’s constellation to orbit on Electron missions since 2019. 

Electron Rocket Data
Length: 18m
Diameter (max): 1.2m
Stages: 2 + Kick Stage
Vehicle Mass (lift-off): 13,000kg
Material Structure: Carbon Fiber Composite/Monocoque
Propellant: LOX/Kerosene
Nominal Payload: 200kg / 440lbm to 500

Rocket Lab Update: “Neutron is a new generation of rocket that will advance the way space is accessed, and Virginia makes perfect sense as Neutron’s home base,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck. “Its position on the eastern seaboard is the ideal location to support both Neutron’s frequent launch cadence and the rocket’s return-to-Earth capability of landing back at its launch site after lift-off; and as one of only four states in the United States with an FAA spaceport license for missions to Earth orbit or on interplanetary trajectories."

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Release Date: April 14, 2022

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