Rocket Lab successfully launched an Electron rocket last night (US time) and put 7 small satellites into low earth orbit (see also earlier posting): Rocket Lab reaches orbit again, deploys more satellites | Rocket Lab –
The satellites included:
- 2 Lemur-2 satellites join a constellation of several dozen Spire Global satellites already in orbit. The constellation provides maritime tracking services and atmospheric weather measurements using the GPS radio-occultation technique.
- GeoOptics Inc. satellite, which also makes atmospheric weather measurements. The spacecraft was built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.
- 2 Proxima “Internet of Things” (IOT) communications satellites from Fleet Space Technologies in Australia.
- IRVINE01 educational CubeSat built by high school students in the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP) in Irvine, California. (Irvine CubeSat (@irvinecubesat) | Twitter)
- NABEO drag sail technology demonstrator from High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH.
A clip from the webcast when the satellites were being deployed:
Here is the complete Rocket Lab webcast of the launch through spacecraft deployment: