The “We Will Never Forsake You” mission will be Rocket Lab’s second launch for Capella Space in less than four weeks.
LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKLB ), a leading launch and space systems company (“Rocket Lab” or the “Company”), announced today that it has scheduled its next The Electron project launches during the window that opens on 19 September 2023 at NZST/UTC.
“We Will Never Forsake You” The mission is scheduled to launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula by Capella Space (Capella), a leading provider of commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery.
“We will never abandon you” The second of Capella’s third-generation SAR Arcadia satellites will be launched into low Earth orbit. This will be Rocket Lab’s third launch of Capella in 2023 and the second in a multi-launch contract for four missions. Capella’s highest quality, high resolution SAR imagery penetrates all weather conditions and captures sharp imagery 24/7 anywhere on Earth through a fully automated ordering and delivery platform. Capella’s existing SAR capabilities include long-dwell imaging and extended duty cycles, which enable the collection of more images per orbit than any other SAR system. Acadia will enhance Capella’s existing constellation with increased bandwidth and power, faster downlink speeds and reduced latency.
As Capella’s sole launch provider for the company’s Earth-imaging constellation in 2023, Rocket Lab’s most recent launch, “We Love Nightlife,” successfully placed Capella’s first satellite a few weeks ago on August 24, 2023. Acadia satellites deployed into space. This year, Capella’s Stronger Together program successfully launched two satellites into space in March 2023 from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2 in Wallops, Virginia.
Electron’s precise payload deployment track record and ability to meet broad mission requirements enables operators such as Capella to increase the orbital diversity of their constellations while rapidly growing to meet customer demand. Rocket Lab also provides its own separate system for each Capella mission, further maintaining the company’s vertical integration strategy.
“As the only commercial small launch vehicle in the U.S. to offer regular, reliable, dedicated access to orbit, the Electron offers satellite operators like Capella a unique service,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO. When You Are a Dedicated Launch Customer , you can fly when and where you want, and launching these two missions back-to-back for Capella 2 demonstrates the value it brings to commercial constellation operators.”
“We Will Never Forsake You” release details:
Release window: NET September 19, 2023.
Launch location: Mahia Rocket Lab’s launch site 1.
Launch vehicle: Electron launch vehicle.
Satellite operator: Capella Space.
Payload: SAR Earth-imaging Arcadia satellite.
Orbital destination: 640 km circular Earth orbit.
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Founded in 2006, Rocket Lab is an end-to-end space company with a proven track record of mission success. We provide reliable launch services, satellite manufacturing, spacecraft components and in-orbit management solutions that make access to space faster, easier and more affordable. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the Electron small orbital launch vehicle, the Photon satellite platform, and the company is developing a large neutron launch vehicle for constellation deployment. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle has become the second-most frequently launched rocket in the United States each year, delivering 171 satellites into orbit for private and public sector organizations serving national security, scientific research, Operations were supported in areas such as space debris mitigation, Earth observation, climate monitoring and communications. Rocket Lab’s photonic spacecraft platform has been selected to support NASA’s missions to the Moon and Mars, as well as the first private commercial mission to Venus. Rocket Lab has three launch pads at two launch sites, two at the private Orbital launch site in New Zealand and a third in Virginia. To learn more, visit www.rocketlabusa.com.
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