Mission at-a-glance:

  • Customer: BlackSky
  • Launch Vehicle: Rocket Lab Electron
  • Launch Location: Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula
  • Total spacecraft: 1
  • Launched: March 22, 2021


Rocket Lab’s ‘They Go Up So Fast’ mission (also called RL-6 by Spaceflight representing its 6th mission with Rocket Lab)  lifted-off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula.

Spaceflight arranged the launch and provided mission management and integration services for BlackSky.

The single Earth observation microsatellite from its BlackSky Global Series was successfully deployed to its desired orbit; it’s the seventh launch of a Gen-2 spacecraft to date for BlackSky.

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