First successful launch of the Electron rocket
On January 21st, at 01:43 UTC, Rocket Lab USA successfully launched the Electron rocket from the LC-1 launch pad on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. During the Still Testing mission three satellites were launched into orbit: one Planet Labs' Flock-2 and two Spire Global's Lemur-2. It was the second mission of this rocket and the first successful.
The Electron rocket is a 17-meter tall, 1.2-meter diameter, two-stage construction. The first stage uses nine Rutherford engines and the second uses one vacuum-optimised engine. What distinguishes it from other rockets is the use of electric pumps pumping fuel into the combustion chamber. Many parts of the engines are 3D printed.
Electron is to be used for lifting small (