Baby Come Back

Launch Time
Tue Jul 18, 2023 01:27 UTC


Image Credit: Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab
Status: Active
Price: $7.5 million
Liftoff Thrust: 224 kN
Payload to LEO: 320 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 18.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 1.2 m
Fairing Height: 4.05 m



F39 1st Stage

Flight #1
7th Electron recovery attempt
7th successful Electron recovery
7th consecutive successful Electron landing and recovery

Mission Details


NASA’s Starling mission is designed to test technologies to enable future “swarm” missions. Spacecraft swarms refer to multiple spacecraft autonomously coordinating their activities to achieve certain goals. Starling will explore technologies for in-space network communications, onboard relative navigation between spacecraft, autonomous maneuver planning and execution, and distributed science autonomy.

Payloads: 4
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


LEO 3 will provide continuity for customer and ecosystem vendor testing campaigns following the decommissioning of Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. Once successfully launched and on-station, LEO 3 will operate under an existing ITU network filing for Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s enterprise-class LEO constellation.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 30.0 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Lemur-2 is a constellation of LEO satellites built by Spire for meteorology and ship and aircraft traffic tracking.

The Lemur-2 satellites carry the following payloads:

* The SENSE payload to listen for GPS satellite signals - which are impacted as they pass through Earth's atmosphere. Using a process called GPS radio occultation, the satellites measure the change in GPS signal readings to calculate very precise profiles for temperature, pressure, and humidity here on Earth.

* The STRATOS payload enables tracking ships worldwide by receiving their AIS signals.

* The AirSafe ASD-B payload to track airplanes.

Payloads: 2
Total Mass: 4.0 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Rocket Lab LC-1B, Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand



106th orbital launch attempt

Rocket Lab

39th mission
7th mission of 2023
36th successful mission
19th consecutive successful mission


39th mission
7th mission of 2023
36th successful mission
19th consecutive successful mission