It's a Test

It's a Test


Mission Name: It's a Test
Rocket: Electron
Launch Date: 25 May 2017
Launch Site: Launch Complex 1
Launch Time: 04:20 UTC (16:20 NZT)

Mission Overview

It's a Test was the first launch of Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle. When Electron lifted-off at 16:20 NZT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, it became the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site. 

The mission saw Electron complete a perfect first stage burn, stage separation, second stage ignition and fairing separation. Electron successfully reached space and put Rocket Lab in an incredibly strong position to accelerate into commercial operations.