Rocket Lab launches a satellite after its failed mission in May

A Rocket Lab rocket has successfully launched a US military satellite on its first mission since its launch of the 20th Electron ended in failure in May. The company's Electron rocket made its way into space from its launch site in New Zealand, carrying an experimental small US Space Force satellite called Monolith. Peter Beck, founder, and CEO of Rocket Lab tweeted shortly after the payload event and praised the team for its flawless launch.


The target location of Monolith is in low Earth orbit about 370 miles above our planet. The satellite will demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, "where the mass of the sensor is a significant part of the total mass of the spacecraft, changing the dynamic characteristics of the spacecraft and testing the ability to maintain control of the spacecraft's attitude," the Rocket Lab explained on the official mission page on the Internet. The demo results will help companies build affordable satellites in shorter time frames.


Rocket Lab's 20th mission failed in May when it experienced an anomaly after the second stage of ignition. The company lost both its electronic rocket and its BlackSky Earth observation satellite payloads to the failure of its second launch within a year. After investigating the issue, Rocket Lab determined that the underlying cause was a problem with the second stage engine's ignition system that caused damage to the signals inside the engine computer. The company says it has since implemented Then fixes to prevent any recurrence in the future.

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