The Owl's Night Begins

The Owl's Night Begins
Mission Name
The Owl's Night Begins
Electron Name
The Owl's Night Begins
Launch Date
15 December 2020
Launch Time
10:09 UTC
Launch Site
Launch Complex 1

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Mission Overview

Rocket Lab's 17th mission was a dedicated launch for Japanese Earth-imaging company Synspective.

The mission was named ‘The Owl’s Night Begins’ in a nod to Synspective’s StriX family of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) spacecraft developed to be able to image millimetre-level changes to the Earth’s surface from space, independent of weather conditions on Earth and at any time of the day or night. Strix is also the genus of owls.

The StriX-α satellite onboard this mission was the first of a series of spacecraft deployments for Synspective’s planned constellation of more than 30 SAR small satellites to collate data of metropolitan centers across Asia on a daily basis that can be used for urban development planning, construction and infrastructure monitoring, and disaster response.

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