Rocket Lab to launch 150th satellite with upcoming Synspective SAR launch
by Staff Writers
Long Beach CA (SPX) Aug 18, 2022
Rocket Lab USA, Inc (Nasdaq: RKLB) has announced its upcoming 30th Electron launch will deliver its 150th payload and 300th Rutherford engine to space. The mission is a dedicated launch for Japanese Earth-imaging satellite constellation operator Synspective.
"The Owl Spreads Its Wings" mission is scheduled to lift-off from Pad B at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand during a launch window opening in mid-September. The mission is the second of a bulk buy of three Electron launches by Synspective to deliver their StriX satellites to low Earth orbit.
StriX-1 is Synspective's first commercial satellite for its synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation to deliver imagery that can detect millimeter-level changes to the Earth's surface from space, independent of weather conditions on Earth and at any time of the day or night. "The Owl Spreads Its Wings" will be Rocket Lab's third mission for Synspective after successful launches in December 2020 and February 2022.
Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, says: "From launching Synspective's first demonstration spacecraft to now helping to build their SAR constellation with this launch of their first commercial StriX satellite, it's an honor to once again be the trusted launch partner for Synspective.
"As the sole payload on this dedicated Electron launch, Synspective are able to build their constellation to a specific LTAN (Local Time of the Ascending Node) that couldn't be achieved if StriX was launched on a rideshare mission with other satellites - a highly important differentiator when building a new satellite constellation."
The mission for Synspective will mark a series of company milestones for Rocket Lab.
30th Electron launch
150th satellite to orbit
300th Rutherford engine
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Logan UT (SPX) Aug 10, 2022
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