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It's a Test / Still Testing

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 was flown, as the purpose of this flight was 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.

Nation: New Zealand
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: Rocket Lab
Contractors: Rocket Lab
Equipment: ?
Configuration: instrumented upper stage
Propulsion: None in orbit
Power: Batteries
Orbit: 300 km × 500 km, 83° (#1 planned); 290 km × 524 km, 82.93° (#2)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
It's a Test 2017-F02 25.05.2017 OnS LC-1A F Electron with Humanity Star
Still Testing 2018-010D 21.01.2018 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with Humanity Star, Lemur-2 72, Lemur-2 73, Dove Pioneer

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