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Electron | It's Business Time

Liftoff Time
Sun Nov 11, 2018 03:50 UTC
The first operational launch of the Electron rocket.

Launch Vehicle

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



Spire satellites are built to conform to the CubeSat standard. The satellites are multi-sensor. Data types such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) service are used for tracking ships, and weather payloads measure temperature, pressure, and precipitation. AIS data is meant for use in illegal fishing, trade monitoring, maritime domain awareness, insurance, asset tracking, search and rescue, and piracy.
Payloads: 2
Total Mass: 8 kg
Polar Orbit

Irvine 01

Irvine 01 is a U1 CubeSat built by high school students participating in the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP), a consortium of six high schools from Irvine, California. The Irvine 01 mission is an educational mission that gives high school students the experience of building, testing, and controlling a nano-satellite, with the aim of developing interest and talent in the science and engineering fields.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1 kg
Polar Orbit


According to Rocket Lab, "It's Business Time will also carry a satellite for GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems provides end-to-end nanosatellite solutions to governments, universities, and commercial organizations."
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 10 kg
Polar Orbit


According to Rocket Lab, "NABEO is a new drag-augmentation subsystem that will be tested for the first time as part of the It’s Business Time mission. The NABEO drag sail is a subsystem created to passively de-orbit inactive small satellites. The small sail is an ultra-thin membrane that can be stored tightly within a spacecraft and then deployed once the satellite reaches the end of its orbital lifespan. The reflective panels unfold to 2.5 square meters to increase the spacecraft’s surface area, causing it to experience greater drag and pull the satellite back into the Earth’s atmosphere, enabling much faster de-orbiting and reducing the amount of space junk in Low Earth Orbit."
Payloads: 1
Polar Orbit


Two Fleet Space Proxima satellites will form the foundation of Fleet's global IoT communications constellation.
Payloads: 2
Sun-Synchronous Orbit