13 on account of the launch Electron was unsuccessful, reported on the website of the company Rocket Lab. After the successful launch and stage separation occurred unknown problem that led to the loss of rockets and seven satellites on Board.
A private us company Rocket Lab has developed an ultra-light rocket-carrier Electron. It is able to output in low earth orbit a payload weighing up to 225 pounds, and on a sun-synchronous up to 150 pounds. The rocket is positioned as the vehicle for starting micro – and nano-satellites, until today, Rocket Lab was able to conduct 11 successful launches in a row. The first rocket launch occurred in may 2017, but because of problems in the telemetry system it ended in failure. The second launch, held in January 2018, have been successful, and all subsequent.
13-I mission, called Pics Or It Didnt Happen, last Sunday ended with the accident. Electron was successfully launched at 0:19 with the main site on the Peninsula of Mahia in North-Eastern New Zealand, but in the fourth minute of the flight, after first stage carrier, there is a problem. Live broadcast from rocket Electron stopped in approximately 5 minutes and 45 seconds of flight — by the time the rocket started to lose speed and altitude.
As a result of accident nobody suffered, the launch pad was not harmed. However, the payload was lost. Aboard the rocket were seven satellites: CE-SAT-IB company Canon Electronics Inc that is designed to produce images of the Earth using wide-angle high-resolution cameras, five SuperDove cube-Sats for remote monitoring of the planet’s surface and the satellite Faraday-1 6U.
At the moment, are the causes of abnormal situations. About them, the company will report later.
In March, Rocket Lab successfully conducted testing to capture in the air return of the first stage of the launch vehicle Electron. Now experts have begun preparations for the next stage of tests returned to the stage – according to the plans, they will be held at the end of 2020.