Electron - Dataset of Satellites Launched
This dataset contains 82 entries.

  Overview

This is a dataset of satellites launched via Electron, based on UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most satellites launched via Electron are intended for commercial use (72.0%) and for the purpose of communications (31.7%).


  Data Table

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Insights from the dataset of satellites launched via Electron

  Which year saw the most satellites launched?

That year is 2020, which saw the launch of 43 satellites launched via Electron.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites launched via Electron?

Swarm Technologies owns/operates the most number of satellites launched via Electron (25 - 30.5% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most satellites launched via Electron?

USA owns/operates the most number of satellites launched via Electron (70 - 85.4% of the satellites in this dataset).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Sun-Synchronous orbit is the most common type of orbit for satellites launched via Electron (42 satellites - 51.2%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 397km to 1,210km, with the average perigee being 521.4km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 414km to 1,223km, with the average apogee being 540.6km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 110 minutes.


Highlights on some of the satellites launched via Electron:

Monolith.

tron launches Monolith

  Second heaviest satellite launched by Air Force Research Laboratory into space at 20 kg

A military satellite, Monolith is operated by Air Force Research Laboratory of USA for the purpose of technology development.

Constructed by Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University (USA), it was launched into space on 29 July 2021 using Electron as the launch vehicle from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. Monolith orbits around the Earth as a non-polar inclined LEO satellite.

Monolith has a launch mass of 20 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2021-068A and NORAD ID 49052.

With an orbital eccentricity of 7.89E-04, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 598km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 609km. It orbits the Earth at an inclination of 37 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Monolith with Yaogan 30-9-1 from China.

 Compare Monolith with Proba 5 from ESA.


RAAF M2 Pathfinder.

M2 CubeSat Separation and Formation Flying

Operated by University of New South Wales and Department of Defence of Australia, RAAF M2 Pathfinder is a civil and military satellite launched for the purpose of technology development.

Constructed by University of New South Wales (Australia), it was launched into space using Electron as the launch vehicle from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on 13 June 2020. RAAF M2 Pathfinder orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

RAAF M2 Pathfinder has a launch mass of 9 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2020-037E and NORAD ID 45727.

With an orbital eccentricity of 1.15E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 586km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 602km. It takes 97 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare RAAF M2 Pathfinder with COSMIC 2-5 from Taiwan/USA.

 Compare RAAF M2 Pathfinder with Starlink-2490 from USA.


Get more insights from these satellite datasets

  Full datasets:  All satellites by launch date   |   The Heaviest Satellites That Are Launched to Space

  By Use Type:  Civil-use satellites   |   Commercial satellites   |   Government satellites   |   Military satellites

  By Country:  USA   |   UK   |   France   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   China   |   Russia   |   Australia   |   Canada

  By Orbit Class/Type:  LEO satellites   |   MEO satellites   |   GEO satellites   |   Elliptical orbit   |   Polar orbit   |   Equatorial orbit   |   Non-polar inclined orbit   |   Sun-synchronous orbit   |   Molniya orbit

  By Operators:  SpaceX   |   EUTELSAT   |   SES   |   European Space Agency (ESA)   |   Planet Labs   |   Iridium   |   Spire Global   |   OneWeb   |   Swarm Technologies   |   NASA - Dataset of Satellites Launched (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   |   Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Dataset of Satellites Launched

  By Launch Vehicle:  Falcon 9   |   Ariane 5   |   Ariane 5 ECA   |   Delta 2   |   Dnepr   |   Electron   |   Falcon Heavy   |   Long March 2C   |   Long March 2D   |   Long March 3B   |   Pegasus   |   Proton   |   Proton M   |   PSLV   |   Rokot   |   Soyuz   |   Soyuz-2.1b   |   Vega

  By Launch Vehicle:  Cape Canaveral   |   Baikonur Cosmodrome   |   Guiana Space Center   |   International Space Station   |   Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center   |   Plesetsk Cosmodrome   |   Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1   |   Satish Dhawan Space Centre   |   Taiyuan Launch Center   |   Vandenberg AFB   |   Xichang Satellite Launch Center   |   Boeing Satellite Systems   |   Airbus Defense and Space   |   EADS Astrium   |   Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems   |   Space Systems/Loral   |   Surrey Satellite Technology   |   Technical University Berlin   |   Thales Alenia Space


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Chart 2: Satellites by Purpose
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