- Nominal Payload110kg
- Nom. Sun Sync. Orbit500km
- PriceUSD 4.9m
Following patent finalization, Rocket Lab will reveal the Rutherford engine, the heart of the Electron vehicle. The Rutherford engine is a regeneratively cooled LOX/Kerosene engine, developed in-house at Rocket Lab. World-first pump technologies and manufacturing methods make Rutherford the world's most advanced engine yet. Learn more...
Electron's avionics are responsible for flight sequencing, data recording, navigation, guidance and control, all the way to orbit. Learn more
Electron's second stage contains the payload and main flight avionics responsible for delivering our customer's payload to a precise orbit.
- 110kg to 500km LEO
- Solid Propellant 3rd Stage Engine
- TVC & CGT control
The second stage is powered by our Rutherford Vacuum Engine with improved vacuum performance over our first stage Rutherford Engine. Learn more...
- Propulsion: 1x Rutherford Vacuum engine
- Total thrust: 18kN (4000 lbs)
Carbon Composite Tank
Rocket Lab's innovation in carbon composite techniques began with the Atea-1 vehicle in 2009. The innovation is continued in Electron, which uses an all-carbon composite construction for impressive weight savings and a larger payload to orbit. Learn more...
- Nominal Orbit: 110kg to 500km sun synchronous
- Lift off mass: 10,500 kg (23,200 lbs)
First Stage Propulsion
Electron's first stage is powered by nine Rutherford engines with a total peak thrust of 146.6kN, enough to lift a fully laden double decker bus off the ground.
- Propulsion: 9x Rutherford engines
- Lift off thrust: 120kN (27,000 lbs)
- Peak thrust: 146kN (34,000lbs)