Rocket Lab is scheduled to launch a Electron rocket as part of the ACS3 & others mission. The launch is scheduled on 03/31/2024 00:00 UTC for the Dedicated Rideshare mission launching from Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The status of the launch is Date/Time TBD. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Electron and experience the excitement for yourself.
Mission: ACS3 & others
This rideshare flight carries several payloads, including NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3).
ACS3 is a technology demonstration mission tasked with deploying a composite boom solar sail.
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. It is also used as a suborbital testbed (called HASTE) for hypersonics research.
Agency: Rocket Lab
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.