Electron Electron
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Classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Mission Type Government/Top Secret
Orbit Unknown

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.

Manufacturer Rocket Lab Ltd
Thrust 162kN
Length 18m
Diameter 1.2m
LEO Capacity 300kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost $6m
Rocket Lab Ltd
Rocket Lab Ltd

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.

Type Commercial
Administrator CEO: Peter Beck
Launch Vehicles Electron
Spacecraft None
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A
Location Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Total Launches 25
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