The NROL 151 launch carries a not yet identified payload for the NRO to be launched on a Electron KS rocket from the Mahia peninsula, New Zealand. The target orbit is not known.
It is likely an experimental one-off payload.
This launch is the first under the NRO's Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket contract, known as RASR, which enables the agency's exploration of new launch opportunities by providing a streamlined, commercial approach for launching small satellites.
The launch is planned to take place in late January or early February 2020.
Note: The NROL designations refer to the launch, not to the payload.
|Type / Application:||Technology ?|
|Orbit:||590 km × 610 km, 70.9° (estimated)|
|USA 294 (NROL 151)||2020-007A||31.01.2020||OnS LC-1||Electron KS|