November 4th, 2022, 17:27 UTC


Rocket Lab's ”Catch Me If You Can” Mission

Launch site

LC-1B Mahia, New Zealand


1 satellite


OHB Sweden

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Mission overview

On its 17th mission, Exolaunch, a global provider of launch, in-space logistics and deployment services, has deployed OHB Sweden's MATS satellite onboard Rocket Lab's reusable Electron launch vehicle. The satellite flew on November 4th, 2022 to a 585 km-high sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) from Pad B at Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula. The mission, dubbed “Catch Me If You Can”, was Rocket Lab's 32nd Electron launch overall and second reusable mission of 2022. In order to increase its number of launch opportunities and reduce manufacturing costs, Rocket Lab is evolving Electron into the world's first and only reusable microlaunch rocket. Using a modified American-made Sikorsky S-92 twin-engine helicopter, Rocket Lab continued to refine its novel technique to capture the Electron rocket's first stage in mid-air as it returned from space after launch.

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