Rocket Lab will launch reactive space missions for the National Reconnaissance Office

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 5, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rocket Lab USA, Inc (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a leading launch and space systems company, today announced that its two upcoming launches will be reactive space missions for the United States government’s National Reconnaissance Office.

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Two Electron rockets for the NRO ready for launch processing at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. (Photo: Business Wire)

Launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on two Electron rockets, Rocket Lab is expected to deploy satellites into space for the NRO just 10 days apart. NROL-162 (“Wise One Looks Ahead”) will launch from Pad A at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 no earlier than July 12, and NROL-199 (“Antipodean Adventure”) is scheduled to launch from Pad B no earlier than July 22.

The NROL-162 and NROL-199 missions will carry national security payloads designed, built and operated by the National Reconnaissance Office in partnership with the Australian Department of Defense through a wide range of cooperative satellite activities with the ‘Australia. The satellites will help the NRO provide essential information to government agencies and policy makers monitoring international issues.

These twin missions will be a reactive launch demonstration under the NRO’s Rapid Small Rocket Acquisition (RASR) contract for launching a small satellite via a streamlined business approach, and are the third and fourth missions given to Rocket Lab by the NRO under the contract. . NROL-151 (RASR-1) was successfully deployed into space on a dedicated Electron launch in early 2020, followed by RASR-2 on another Electron launch in June 2020.

Rocket Lab CEO and Founder Peter Beck said, “Space plays such a vital role in providing immediate information and informing urgent decisions, that a responsive, modern approach to orbit access is crucial. That’s what we’ve established with Electron and multiple launch sites – reliable rockets and multiple pads ready to meet the responsive space needs of the national security community. Our speed of execution for these two national security missions will be just the latest demonstration of our responsive space capability, and we are honored to be a trusted mission partner to the NRO once again for these important RASR missions. “

Details of the launch of “Wise One Looks Ahead”:

  • The launch window opens: July 12, UTC

  • Launch vehicle: Electron

  • Customer: National Recognition Office

  • Launch site: Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, Pad A

  • Type of assignments: Dedicated

  • Payload: NROL-162

“Antipodean 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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+ About Rocket Lab

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 147 satellites into space for private and public sector organizations, enabling security operations national, scientific research and 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.

+ About the National Recognition Office

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is the US government agency responsible for the design, construction, launch and maintenance of US intelligence satellites. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost-effective industrial supplier, meeting rigorous launch schedules, or delivering the highest quality products to its customers, the NRO is always focused on protecting the United States and its citizens.

Since 1961, NRO has pushed the boundaries of space-based intelligence gathering in the United States with boldness and ingenuity. Today, NRO’s innovative legacy continues to thrive as it develops, acquires, launches and operates the world’s most capable intelligence satellites. NROL-162 & 199 will enhance NRO’s ability to provide a wide range of timely intelligence information to national decision makers and intelligence analysts to protect vital national interests and support humanitarian efforts worldwide.


This press release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. . These forward-looking statements are based on Rocket Lab’s current expectations and beliefs regarding future developments and their potential effects. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (many of which are beyond Rocket Lab’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. prospective. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including risks related to the global COVID-19 pandemic; risks relating to government restrictions and lockdowns in New Zealand and other countries in which we operate that could delay or suspend our operations; delays and disruptions in expansion efforts; our reliance on a limited number of customers; the harsh and unpredictable space environment in which our products operate, which could adversely affect our launch vehicle and spacecraft; increased congestion due to the proliferation of constellations in low Earth orbit which could significantly increase the risk of potential collision with space debris or other spacecraft and limit or impede our launch flexibility and/or access to our own orbital slots ; increased competition in our industry due in part to rapid technological development and falling costs; technological changes in our industry that we may not be able to keep up with or that could make our services uncompetitive; evolution of average selling prices; the failure of our launch vehicles, spacecraft and components to perform as intended, either due to our design error in production or through our fault; disruptions to the launch schedule; supply chain disruptions, product delays or failures; design and engineering flaws; launch failures; natural disasters and epidemics or pandemics; changes in government regulations, including with respect to trade and export restrictions, or in the status of our regulatory approvals or applications; or other events that require us to cancel or reschedule launches, including customers’ contractual rescheduling and termination rights; the risks that acquisitions will not be completed on time or at all or that they will not achieve the expected benefits and results; and other risks detailed from time to time in Rocket Lab’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rocket Lab’s Annual Report on Form 10 -K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, which was filed with the SEC on March 24, 2022, and elsewhere (including that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may also exacerbate the risks therein discussed). There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Rocket Lab will be those anticipated by us. Except as required by law, Rocket Lab undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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