Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Dataset of Satellites From Launch Site
This dataset contains 82 entries.

  Overview

This is a dataset of satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, based on UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 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 from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1

  Which year saw the most satellites launched?

That year is 2020, which saw the launch of 43 satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1?

Swarm Technologies owns/operates the most number of satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 (25 - 30.5% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1?

USA owns/operates the most number of satellites launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 (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 from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 (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 from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1:

Monolith.

tron launches Monolith

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

Monolith is a military satellite operated by Air Force Research Laboratory (USA) for the purpose of technology development.

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

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

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. The eccentricity of the orbit is 7.89E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 37 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Monolith with Shijian 6C from China.

 Compare Monolith with OHS-7 from China.


RAAF M2 Pathfinder.

M2 CubeSat Separation and Formation Flying

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

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

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 Starlink-2317 from USA.

 Compare RAAF M2 Pathfinder with Starlink-1870 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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