The Electron booster’s payload was the “Sequoia” satellite from San Francisco-based Capella Space. The mission was called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical,” since the satellite utilizes artificial aperture radar (SAR) and not optical lenses to provide comprehensive Earth images. “Capella’s space-based radar can detect sub-0.5 meter modifications on the surface of the Earth, offering insights and data that can be utilized for security, agricultural and facilities monitoring, as well as disaster action and recovery,” Rocket Laboratory wrote
The objective is the 14 th successful launch for Rocket Laboratory. Prior to the July fourth failure, the business had made 11 consecutive successful launches.
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