LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 9, 2022–
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a global leader in launch services and space systems, today announced the launch window for a dedicated Electron mission to the Japanese terrestrial imaging company Synspective. The 14-day launch window opens February 28 UTC and will lift off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Originally slated to launch after Rocket Lab’s next mission for another client, Rocket Lab moved the Synspective mission forward in the manifesto to account for changes in client timelines.
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Owl’s Night mission patch continues (Graphic: Business Wire)
“The Owl’s Night Continues” is the first of three dedicated Electron missions for Synspective, two of which are scheduled to launch in 2022 and a third in 2023. Each mission will deploy a single StriX satellite, expanding the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) constellation ) from Synspective developed to provide images capable of detecting millimeter-level changes in the Earth’s surface from space, independent of weather conditions on Earth and at any time of the day or night.
“The Owl’s Night Continues” mission follows Rocket Lab’s first launch for Synspective in December 2020. This mission, named “The Owl’s Night Begins”, saw Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle deploy the StriX-α satellite – the first Synspective’s planned spacecraft constellation of more than 30 SAR satellites designed to gather data from metropolitan centers daily to support urban development planning, construction and infrastructure monitoring, and disaster response.
Rocket Lab Founder and CEO Peter Beck said the ability to advance a mission and adjust short-term schedules to meet unique customer requirements is a rare ability made possible only by leveraging a private launch site.
“We have designed Electron and our launch complexes to offer satellite operators a high level of flexibility, allowing our customers to launch on their schedule. With a flight-ready rocket production line and multiple launch pads, we can run simultaneous launch campaigns ensuring that if an individual customer needs to accelerate or delay missions, we can mix accordingly and maintain our global manifesto on time. We are excited to meet Synspective’s launch requirements and once again provide them with personalized access to orbit.
Real-time mission updates for “The Owl’s Night Continues” will be available via Twitter. Follow Rocket Lab at @RocketLab.
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About Rocket Lab
Founded in 2006, Rocket Lab is an end-to-end space company with an established track record of mission success. We provide reliable launch services, spacecraft components, satellites and other spacecraft and in-orbit management solutions that make getting to space faster, easier and more affordable. Based in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the small Electron orbital launch vehicle and Photon satellite platform and develops the 8-ton Neutron payload-class launch vehicle. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle has become the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket each year and has delivered 109 satellites into orbit for private and public sector organizations, enabling national security, scientific research and space debris mitigation. , Earth observation, climate monitoring and communications. Rocket Lab’s Photon spacecraft platform has been selected to support NASA 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, including two launch pads at a private orbital launch site in New Zealand, one of which is currently operational, and a second launch site in Virginia, USA. United States, which is expected to become operational in 2022. To learn more, visit www.rocketlabusa.com.
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