Baby Come Back

Baby Come Back
Mission Name
Baby Come Back
Electron Name
Baby Come Back
Launch Date
18 July 2023
Launch Time
13:27 NZST / 01:27 UTC
Launch Site
Launch Complex 1

Mission Overview

Rocket Lab's 39th Electron mission, called "Baby Come Back" will deploy seven satellites to space and include an attempt to recover the rocket's first stage after it splashes down in the ocean.

'Baby Come Back' will launch from Pad B and Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand.

The ‘Baby Come Back’ mission is a rideshare mission and will carry satellites for multiple customers, including: 

NASA:  NASA’s Starling mission is a four CubeSat mission designed to test technologies to enable future “swarm” missions. Spacecraft swarms refer to multiple spacecraft autonomously coordinating their activities to achieve certain goals. Starling will demonstrate technologies for in-space network communications, onboard relative navigation between spacecraft, autonomous maneuver planning, and execution, and distributed spacecraft autonomy - an experiment for small spacecraft to autonomously react to observations, paving the way for future science missions.

Space Flight Laboratory (SFL):  Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) selected Rocket Lab to launch Telesat’s LEO 3 demonstration satellite that will provide continuity for customer and ecosystem vendor testing campaigns following the decommissioning of Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite.

Spire Global:  Spire will launch two 3U satellites carrying Global Navigation Satellite System Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) payloads to replenish its fully deployed constellation of more than 100 multipurpose satellites. Spire’s satellites observe the Earth in real time using radio frequency technology. The data acquired by Spire’s GNSS-RO payloads provide global weather intelligence that can be assimilated into weather models to improve the accuracy of forecasts. Spire is the largest producer of GNSS-RO weather data, collecting over 20,000 RO profiles a day.

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