Rocket Lab’s First Mission of 2021 to Launch Communications Satellite for OHB Group
Long Beach, California. January 5, 2021 – Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has today announced its first Electron launch of the new year will be a dedicated mission for European space technology company OHB Group.
This dedicated mission, named ‘Another One Leaves the Crust,’ is scheduled for lift-off during a 10-day launch window opening on January 16th NZT/UTC. Encapsulated inside Electron’s fairing will be a single communication microsatellite that will enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit. The launch will be Rocket Lab’s 18th Electron mission and was procured for OHB Group through OHB Cosmos International Launch Service GmbH, the launch service division of OHB Group. OHB Cosmos is responsible for launching the spacecraft built by the Group's satellite manufacturers based in Germany, Sweden, and Czech Republic.
The mission will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula to an initial elliptical orbit, then Electron’s Kick Stage will perform a series of burns with its relightable Curie engine to raise apogee and act as a space tug to deliver the OHB Cosmos’ payload to its precise orbital destination. Following payload deployment, the Kick Stage will perform a de-orbit burn to lower its perigee where it will experience greater atmospheric drag, enabling it to re-enter and burn up faster to avoid becoming space junk. Rocket Lab will not be attempting to recover Electron’s first stage for this mission.
Rocket Lab’s founder and CEO, Peter Beck, says: “We’re proud to be delivering a speedy and streamlined path to orbit for OHB Group on this mission, with launch taking place within six months of contract signing. By flying as a dedicated mission on Electron, OHB and their mission partners have control over launch timing, orbit, integration schedule, and other mission parameters.”
‘Another One Leaves the Crust’ is the first mission in a packed launch manifest for 2021, which includes multiple dedicated and rideshare small satellite missions for both government and commercial customers. This year will also see Rocket Lab launch a Photon mission to the Moon in support of NASA’s CAPSTONE program, and also launch the first missions from Rocket Lab’s two additional launch pads – Launch Complex 2 in Wallops, Virginia, and the new Pad B at Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand.
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Twilight rocket launch delayed
Tonight's Rocket Lab mission that was set to take off from Mahia Peninsula has been stood down.
The mission, called Another One Leaves the Crust, was scheduled for lift-off at about 8:44pm but was delayed so the organisation can review sensor data.
It will send a single communication micro satellite in a spaces lower-earth orbit for a German based company.
Rocket Lab's Head of Communication Morgan Bailey said standing down a launch is very common in the space industry.
It would have been the company's 18th mission.
Rocket Lab reschedules launch to Wednesday
Rocket Lab says it won't be trying to relaunch its first mission of the year until at least Wednesday
The mission, called Another One Leaves the Crust, was scheduled for lift-off last night from the Mahia Peninsula but was delayed so the organisation could review sensor data.
It will send a single communication micro satellite in to a lower-earth orbit for a German based company.
The organisation's Head of Communication Morgan Bailey says they have a window until 25 January to launch the mission.
It will be the company's 18th mission, a dedicated mission for European space technology company OHB group.
Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said the launch was taking place at a quick pace, within six months of signing the contract.
"By flying as a dedicated mission on Electron, OHB and their mission partners have control over launch timing, orbit, integration schedule, and other mission parameters."
Rocket Lab also aims to launch a mission to the Moon in support of Nasa's CAPSTONE program this year.
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