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Status

Electron | DARPA R3D2

Window Opens
NET February, 2019
Window Closes
NET February, 2019

Launch Vehicle

Electron
Rocket Lab
Status: Active
Price: $6.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 162 kN
Payload to LEO: 225 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 17.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 1.2 m
Fairing Height: 2.5 m

Missions

DARPA R3D2

According to Rocket Lab, DARPA’s Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) "intends to space-qualify a prototype reflect array antenna to improve radio communications in small spacecraft. The antenna, made of a tissue-thin Kapton membrane, packs tightly inside the small satellite for stowage during launch, before deploying to its full size of 2.25 meters in diameter once it reaches low Earth orbit. This high compaction ratio enables larger antennas in smaller satellites, enabling satellite owners to take advantage of volume-limited launch opportunities while still providing significant capability. The mission could help validate emerging concepts for a resilient sensor and data transport layer in low Earth orbit – a capability that does not exist today, but one which could revolutionize global communications by laying the groundwork for a space-based internet."
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 150 kg
Low Earth Orbit

Location