Rocket Lab is redefining how we access space. Powered by our brand new Rutherford engine; small fast and agile, Electron can rapidly deliver small satellites to dedicated, commercial orbits at world-first frequency.
Space is now open for business.
Rocket Lab’s flagship engine, the 4,900lbf Rutherford, is a turbo-pumped LOX/RP-1 engine specifically designed for the Electron Launch Vehicle.
Rutherford adopts an entirely new electric propulsion cycle, using electric motors to drive its turbopumps, and is the first oxygen/hydrocarbon engine to use 3D printing for all primary components.
Electron is a two stage vehicle that uses Rocket Lab’s Rutherford liquid engine on both stages.
Electron is designed for a nominal payload of 150kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit.
Rocket Lab is able to tailor the vehicle to specific mission requirements including a range of sun-synchronous altitudes in circular or elliptical orbits at inclinations between 45 and 98 degrees.