Rocket Startup Set to Launch CubeSats For NASA

Rocket Lab is getting ready to launch a payload of small satellites for NASA.
Jessica Miley

2018 has been a big year for space-related science. There have been countless records broken, rockets launched, planets touched and partnerships made.

This sexy promo video for the Electron rocket from Rocket Lab shows just how mainstream the industry has become. Electron is Rocket Labs' first launch vessel, a revolutionary rocket designed to take small satellites into space for anyone that can afford it. 

Its latest customer is NASA. The American space agency will launch several small satellites as part of its Venture Class mission, ELaNa 19. Rocket lab has an open launch window is open 13 - 21 December UTC. 

“It is an honor and privilege to launch NASA payloads on Electron, and to be the first small satellite launcher to fly under a NASA Venture Class Launch Services contract,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.

“Reaching orbit twice already this year has made 2018 a banner year for Rocket Lab. Capping it off with our first launch for NASA is a tremendous way to celebrate the new era of improved access to orbit for small satellites.” 

Rocket Lab aims to open access to pace by offering low-cost launches for small satellites. Their primary launch site in New Zealand is FAA approved and is licensed to launch 120 times per year. 

The company offers different tiers of launch options, meaning you can even ride share your satellite with other to reduce the cost. Rocket Lab has had over 80 successful launches in a range of applications and has sent 11 satellites into space so far.