january, 2018

21jan01:30Electron • Still TestingSecond Electron Test Flight, NET Early 2018

Event Details

Launch Date: January 21 to 28, 2018
Launch Window: 01:30-05:30 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Electron
Launch Operator: Rocket Lab
Launch Site: Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, Mahia, New Zealand
Payloads: 1 Dove CubeSat
2 Lemur-2 CubeSats
Mission Name: Still Testing


Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will embark on its second test flight, christened ‘Still Testing,’ from the company’s Mahia launch complex on New Zealand’s North Island. Electron’s first test flight showed promising results and served as an overall demonstration of the vehicle’s design, though failed to reach orbit which has been made the primary goal of Still Testing. Employing electron-pump-fed engines and an all-composite structure, Electron has been designed to carry small satellites into orbit to tap into an as of yet unexplored market sector. Still Testing will carry three 3U CubeSats from operators Planet & Spire.


Aborted at Ignition on December 12.


Mission Resources:

? Live Launch Coverage

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Electron

? Related: Electron – It’s a Test

? Payload Overview: Planet’s Flock

? Payload Overview: Spire’s Lemur Satellites

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


(Sunday) 01:30 UTC


Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1

Mahia 4198, New Zealand