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Rocket Lab Electron STP-27RD

  • ONENUI STATION Mahia, Hawke's Bay, 4198 New Zealand (map)
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Sunday, May 5 - 2:00am EDT

Onenui Station, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch three small satellites on a mission for the U.S. Air Force’s designated STP-27RD.

Electron rocket breakdown. Image credit: Rocket Lab

Electron rocket breakdown. Image credit: Rocket Lab


Rocket Lab’s heaviest payload to date

The Electron rocket will launch three separate research and development experiments — weighing nearly 400 pounds total — the rocket’s heaviest payload yet.


Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1


A joint Swedish-United States experiment from the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, designed to investigate new technologies in avionics miniaturization.


The Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment

(Falcon ODE)

Falcon ODE, from the U.S. Air Force Academy, will study technologies required to track space debris from ground stations on Earth.



The largest satellite launching on this mission is the Harbinger research payload from York Space Systems. Harbinger will test the company’s smallsat satellite platform for use by the U.S. Military.

Earlier Event: May 4
SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17
Later Event: May 23
SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink