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This went

to space

Classified NRO Satellite

The payload for this mission is unknown due to the classified nature of the NRO.

However, the NRO has said of this mission: "The NRO competitively awarded the contract under the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket (RASR) contract vehicle. RASR allows the NRO to explore new launch opportunities that can provide a streamlined, commercial approach for getting small satellites into space."

On this

rocket

Electron - Birds of a Feather

Electron is Rocket Lab's answer to the massively growing demand for dedicated small satellite launchers.

This Electron is named "Birds of a Feather".

With this flight, Rocket Lab will continue testing recovery technology and systems on Electron.

The first stage will include new hardware and sensors to inform future recovery efforts as well as new reaction control system thrusters to orient the booster during its re-entry descent.

Electron is powered by Rutherford engines, the first electric-pump-fed engine to power an orbital rocket.

Each Electron costs approximately $6 million (USD). It is currently fully expendable, though that will soon change, and can lift up to 225 kg (495 lb) to a 500 km Sun Synchronous Orbit.

Electron flew for the first time in May 2017.

From this

launch site

LC-1 - Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
2020-01-31

Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island is the company's first of two launch pads, the other being under construction at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.

An isolated location, the Mahia launch site hosted its first orbital launch of Electron in May 2017 and first successful orbital launch in January 2018.

The Mahia location has one launch pad (LC-1) and two separate intergration hangers to permit simultaneous and protected processing of two Electron missions' payloads for flight at the same time.

Here's where to view Birds of a Feather

Viewing Sites
  • Bluck's Pit Road
  • Mokotahi Lookout
Know Before You Go

Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island is the company's first of two launch pads, the other being under construction at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.

An isolated location, the Mahia launch site hosted its first orbital launch of Electron in May 2017 and first successful orbital launch in January 2018.

The Mahia location has one launch pad (LC-1) and two separate intergration hangers to permit simultaneous and protected processing of two Electron missions' payloads for flight at the same time.

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