The successful mission brings
the total count of satellites deployed by Rocket Lab to 40 and continues
the company’s record of 100% mission success for customers
AUKLAND, New Zealand. 17 October 2019 (Rocket Lab PR) – Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its ninth Electron mission, deploying a single spacecraft to orbit for satellite manufacturer Astro Digital.
The mission, named ‘As The Crow Flies,’ lifted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 01:22 UTC, 17 October 2019 (14:22 NZDT). Approximately
71 minutes after lift-off, Electron’s Kick Stage deployed the payload
to a circular orbit of more than 1,000 km – more than twice the altitude
of any Electron mission to date. The mission successfully demonstrated
recent upgrades to the Kick Stage’s 3D-printed Curie engine, including
the move to a bi-propellant design for improved performance. Curie also
serves as the propulsion system on Rocket Lab’s Photon satellite bus,
and the flight-proven engine upgrades support enduring missions in LEO,
as well as higher orbits.
This mission takes the
total number of satellites deployed by Rocket Lab to ...