Rocket Lab founded the Electron program with the belief that small payloads require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility not currently offered by traditional rocket systems. Electron is an entirely carbon-composite vehicle that uses Rocket Labs Rutherford engines for its main propulsion system. Rutherford is a unique 3D-printed engine that makes use of electric turbo-pumps. Electron is 17m in length, 1.2m diameter and has a lift-off mass of 10,500kg. The vehicle is capable of delivering payloads of up to 150kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit. Electron gives customers the ability to launch satellites more frequently and affordably with a dedicated launch priced at $5.7 million. Rocket Lab is a privately funded American company, with investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and Lockheed Martin. Customers signed to fly on Electron include Spaceflight, NASA, Spire, and Planet. Electron is the only operational, dedicated small satellite launch vehicle on the market today.
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Last updated: 2019-03-27