Rocket Lab is an aerospace company started in 2006, based in the United States and launching from New Zealand. Rocket Lab is centered around the idea of using smaller purpose built rockets, with multiple payloads, launching more frequently to bring cost down and open more opportunities for satellite operators.
Rocket Lab has made extensive use of carbon composites in the building of the launch vehicle and it’s internal tanks, giving rocket it’s characteristic black color.
The Electron vehicle is using nine of Rocket Labs new Rutherford engine. 3D printed, electrically driven turbo pumps, and burning a LOX/RP-1 mixture for both the first and second stages.
The Launch Site:
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, located on an outcropping of land on New Zealand’s North Island, and is capable of launching to sun-synchronous orbits.