Rocket Lab has made the company and the Electron rocket’s 30th flight. “The Owl Spreads Its Wings,” the company’s third dedicated flight for Japanese company Synspective, launched to Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) on Thursday, Sept. 15, lifting off at 20:38 UTC.
“The Owl Spreads Its Wings” saw Electron launch its 150th satellite since the rocket’s first flight in 2017. This flight also marks the 300th flight of a Rutherford engine, which powers Electron’s first and second stages. The launch took place from Rocket Lab’s private spaceport at Mahia, New Zealand, using the company’s Launch Complex-1B (LC-1B) launch pad.