It's a Test [Rocket Lab]
It's a Test is a vehicle evaluation payload for the maiden flight of the Electron rocket designed and built by Rocket Lab specifically for this mission.
For the maiden flight of Electron, no real payload besides the instrumented upper stage is flown, as the purpose of this flight is to gather data on the launch vehicle and the launch environment. It carried instrumentation collecting 25000 channels of telemetry for engineers to evaluate the launcher’s performance.
Although the rocket performed first and second stage flight and payload fairing separation, the mission did not reach orbit.
The second test flight is named Still testing.
|Type / Application:||Vehicle evaluation|
|Configuration:||instrumented upper stage|
|Propulsion:||None in orbit|
|Orbit:||300 km × 500 km, 83° (#1 planned); 290 km × 524 km, 82.93° (#2)|
|It's a Test||2017-F02||25.05.2017||OnS LC-1||F||Electron||with Humanity Star|
|Still Testing||2018-010D||21.01.2018||OnS LC-1||Electron KS||with Humanity Star, Lemur-2 72, Lemur-2 73, Dove Pioneer|