Rocket Lab Electron launches six satellites and then turns upper stage into a seventh

by | Mar 23, 2021 | Launches, Satellites, Seradata News

On a launch dubbed “They go up so fast” Rocket Lab successfully launched one of its Electron launch vehicles at 2230 GMT on 22 March from Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The satellites carried on the launch were Blacksky Global-9,  Centauri III, Gunsmoke-J 1, Myriota 7, RAAF M2 A, RAAF M2 B (initially deployed joined together but will separate later) and Veery Hatchling. Pathstone initially deployed five of these satellites into a 550km orbit before manoeuvring down to 450km for the final deployment.

Rocket Lab’s Electron on “They go up so fast” launch. Courtesy: Rocket Lab

Pathstone was both the the kick stage for all six co-payloads and then became a spacecraft in its own right as the “Photon Test Satellite”.

Phil Hylands contributed to this story.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

Newspace launcher activity: Rocket Lab multi-launch contract, ABL Series B funding

On 25 March 2021 BlackSky Global, through its launch services provider Spaceflight Inc., signed a multi-launch contract with Rocket Lab Read more

The newspace SPAC craze continues with established players Rocket Lab and Spire Global going public

Rocket Lab announced on 1 March 2021 that it plans to merge with Vector Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC (Special-purpose acquisition Read more

Electron KS launches LEO comsat from Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron KS rocket was launched into orbit from the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand at 0726 GMT on Read more

Electron launches 29 satellites and first stage parachutes to splashdown as a step to helicopter recovery

Rocket Lab’s most recent mission, dubbed “Return-to-Sender”, saw an Electron launch vehicle lift off from Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, Read more

Electron launches CE-Sat-2B and nine “Super Dove” satellites as part of Flock-4e’ batch

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle launched the CE-Sat-2B earth observation satellite for the Japanese Canon Electronics firm.  The launch Read more

European satellite manufacturer OHB Group has ordered a dedicated Electron launch from Rocket Lab

Announced on 25 August 2020, was the signing of a contract between European satellite manufacturer, OHB Group, and US headquartered, Read more

Rocket Lab Electron fails as China’s Long March 2D launches Shiyan 6 (02) well on same day

While Rocket Lab had been enjoying recent success, both in terms of launches and sales, the wheels suddenly came off Read more

Cookies & Privacy

Click here to read about use of cookies on the website

Categories

Archives