Rocket Lab’s dedicated mission for General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems blasted off last week, successfully delivering one satellite to orbit, the company recently announced.
Dubbed “It Argos Up From Here,” Rocket Lab’s 31st launch took off from the firm’s New Zealand complex just after 10 a.m. Long Beach time on Oct. 7. This was the firm’s eighth mission this year, breaking its previous record of seven launches in 2020.
“Beating our own annual launch record with such an important spacecraft delivering critical insights about our planet is a real privilege,” Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement.
Rocket Lab has had a successful launch every month since April, and it’s on track to keep up its record cadence through the end of the year, according to the announcement. The firm has launches scheduled from its New Zealand facility as well as the inaugural mission from its new complex at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Since its first on May 25, 2017, Rocket Lab has completed 31 launches.
During “It Argos Up From Here,” the company’s Electron Rocket successfully delivered General Atomics’ GAzelle satellite carrying the Argos-4 Advanced Data Collection payload. The mission is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Cooperative Data and Rescue Services Program.
The Argos-4 joined a network of other instruments to collect data from both stationary and mobile transmitters around the world, according to Rocket Lab. The data helps “provide a better understanding of Earth’s physical and biological environment, including weather and climate, biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as assist with maritime security, offshore pollution and humanitarian assistance,” the announcement reads.
“Congratulations to the teams at General Atomics, NOAA, and France’s National Center for Space Studies on a successful mission,” Beck said.