Long Beach-based space vehicle manufacturer and launch service provider Rocket Lab successfully delivered two satellites into orbit over the weekend, bringing the total number of satellites the firm has sent to space to 112.
“Without Mission A Beat” blasted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula Saturday at 5:41 a.m. local time carrying a pair of satellites for real-time geospatial intelligence company BlackSky.
The mission was Rocket Lab’s fourth with BlackSky, with three taking off in 2021. The Long Beach company is slated to deploy another pair of satellites for BlackSky later this year.
“The launch of these latest two satellites enhances our capacity-on-demand offering for customers,” BlackSky COO Nick Merski said in a statement. “We continue to build on our strategic intelligence advantage as we expand our constellation, ensuring commercial and our government customers are the first to know about the changes that matter most to them.”
The payload included two Gen-2 Earth-imaging satellites placed in a circular orbit more than 267 miles above the planet’s surface. With the new additions, BlackSky’s satellite constellation now consists of 14 satellites.
The satellites provide high-frequency monitoring of locations around the world to deliver real-time alerts, data and information for various industries. The commissioning process for the two new satellites is underway, according to an announcement, and they will be in service soon.
“The past few missions for BlackSky showcase the benefits of a dedicated launch on Electron: quick constellation expansion, streamlined access to space, and fast delivery of global insights to BlackSky customers,” CEO Peter Beck said in a statement. “Rocket Lab is proud to play its part.”