Electron | NZSA Venus Mission

Rocket Lab | Electron | NZSA Venus Mission

Rocket Lab is scheduled to launch a Electron rocket as part of the NZSA Venus Mission mission. The launch is scheduled on 12/30/2024 00:00 UTC for the Planetary Science 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.

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Mission: NZSA Venus Mission

NZSA Venus Mission is a small direct Venus entry probe with a single 1 kg low-mass, low-cost autofluorescing nephelometer riding on a satellite bus based on the Photon Upper stage of the Electron rocket.

The probe mission will spend approximately 5 minutes in the Venus cloud layers, 48-60 km above the surface, collecting in situ measurements to search for organic molecules in cloud particles and constrain particle composition.

Rocket: Electron

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. The company is also producing a variety of spacecrafts and spacecrafts components.

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