Rocket Lab has successfully launched a communication satellite for German company OHB Group January 20 in the first Electron mission of the year.
The mission named ‘Another One Leaves The Crust,’ lifted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 07:26 UTC (20:26 NZDT). From the Electron launch vehicle’s Kick Stage, a single communication microsatellite was deployed to enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit. The launch was procured for OHB Group through OHB Cosmos International Launch Service GmbH.
On a successful launch, Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, said: “Congratulations to our mission partners at OHB Group. We’re thrilled to have kicked off a busy year with a dedicated mission that once again demonstrates Electron’s unique ability to provide our small satellite customers with control over their mission schedule and orbital parameters.”