20th flight of Electron rocket ended in failure

26. 5. 2021 0 By Space Seeker

This mission was 2nd time Rocket Lab tried to recover 1st stage which splashes down under a parachute.The reason for this failure is still unknown but it’s believed that 2nd turned hard to one side after separation and ignition and that might trigger auto engine shut down.

This launch was the first of four dedicated missions scheduled for this year for BlackSky, a real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring services company, working in together with Spaceflight Inc providing mission management and payload integration services.

Liftoff occurred at 11:11 UTC from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand after following over an hour of delays due to upper level winds.

This was a 20th flight of Electron rocket and a second failure during operational flight for Electron and Rocket Lab.

Electron just after liftoff
Photo by Rocket Lab