2022-07-13 | NDAQ:RKLB | Press release

Rocket Lab USA, Inc (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a leading launch and space systems company, has successfully launched the first of two responsive space missions for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

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National Security Mission NROL-162 lifts off for the National Reconnaissance Office on Electron from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. (Photo: Business Wire)

Following liftoff of NROL-162 (“Wise One Looks Ahead”) from Pad A of Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 at 06:30 UTC on July 13, 2022, Electron successfully delivered the NRO national security payload to space In partnership with the Australian Department of Defence, NROL-162 will provide critical information to United States Government agencies and allies and national security decision makers monitoring and responding to global events and humanitarian issues.

“Wise One Looks Ahead” is the first of a pair of back-to-back reactive space missions commissioned by the NRO for a dedicated launch on Electron. NROL-199 (“Antipodean Adventure”), the follow-up mission to NROL-162 , set to launch in just nine days’ from Pad B to Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on July 22, 2022. With multiple launch pads, dedicated range and mission control centers, and multiple ready-to-fly Electron rockets, Rocket Lab offers a responsive space capability to the national security community.

NROL-162 and NROL-199 are the final pair of missions awarded by the NRO under the Rapid Small Rocket Acquisition (RASR) contract. Rocket Lab previously successfully delivered a pair of National Security Space Missions for the NRO on Electron in January and June 2020.

Rocket Lab Founder and CEO Peter Beck said, “The successful deployment of NROL-162 into orbit is another fantastic achievement from the Rocket Lab team, but we are not resting on our laurels. No other small launch vendor has ever prepared a dedicated launch for a small national security payload in such a short timeframe, and we aim to deliver the next NRO mission to space in record time.”


NROL-199 / “Downward Adventure” Launch Details:

  • The launch window opens: July 22, UTC
  • Launch vehicle: Electron
  • Customer: National Recognition Office
  • Launch site: Rocket Lab 1 Launch Complex, Pad B
  • Type of assignments: Dedicated
  • Payload: NROL-199

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Founded in 2006, Rocket Lab is an end-to-end space company with an established track record of mission success. We provide reliable launch services, satellite manufacturing, spacecraft components and in-orbit management solutions that make getting into space faster, easier and more affordable. Based in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the small Electron orbital launch vehicle and Photon satellite platform and develops the 8-ton Neutron payload-class launch vehicle. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle has become the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket each year and has delivered 148 satellites into orbit for private and public sector organizations, enabling operations in the fields of national security, scientific research, space. debris mitigation, earth observation, climate monitoring and communications. Rocket Lab’s Photon spacecraft platform has been selected to support NASA missions to the Moon and Mars, as well as the first private commercial mission to Venus. Rocket Lab has three launch pads at two launch sites, including two launch pads at a private orbital launch site in New Zealand and a second launch site in Virginia, USA, which is expected to become operational in 2022. To learn more, visit www.rocketlabusa.com.


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