Rocket Lab's Electron Lifts Off for Eighth Rideshare Mission; Peter Beck Quoted

Jeff Brody

Rocket Lab has launched its Electron rocket carrying a maritime surveillance cube satellite built by space technology firm UnseenLabs as well as other payloads as part of the “˜Look Ma, No Hands' mission.

Electron lifted off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand along with payloads such as two U.S. Air Force technology demonstrators, a Global-4 geospatial imaging satellite from Spaceflight's BlackSky division and other rideshare satellites built by the Herndon, Va.-based company, Rocket Lab said Tuesday.

According to Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, the launch builds on the company's prior delivery of a BlackSky Global satellite, and that the mission was “another exciting step towards our plans to recover and reuse Electron's first stage in future missions.“

Rocket Lab announced its plans to conduct the launch in July following the “Make It Rain“ mission in late June. The recent mission serves as Electron's fourth rideshare launch for 2019 and eighth launch overall.

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