Rocket Lab launches 109th satellite to orbit

(13 Dec 2021) Rocket: Electron; Payload: two BlackSky satellites; Date: 9 December 2021, 0002 UTC; Launch site: Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand. Electron successfully delivered the two BlackSky Gen-2 Earth-imaging satellites to a circular 430 km orbit.

The 'A Data With Destiny' mission, arranged for BlackSky through launch services provider Spaceflight Inc., was Electron's 23rd lift-off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula.

The 'A Data With Destiny' mission is the latest launch for BlackSky as part of a multi-launch agreement with Spaceflight to deploy numerous BlackSky satellites on Electron. Rocket Lab has now deployed seven satellites to low Earth orbit for BlackSky on missions across 2019 and this year. Another two BlackSky satellites are scheduled for launch early next year on Electron from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand.

The satellites, along with those previously launched to space by Rocket Lab and the remaining pair of satellites next in line, represent the largest number of satellites BlackSky has dedicated to a single launch provider to date.

'A Data With Destiny' was Rocket Lab's final launch for 2021.

Reference: Rocket Lab PR

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