BlackSky Secures New Block Purchase for Five Rocket Lab Launches

Rocket Lab USA has recently announced a block buy deal for five Electron launches with BlackSky, a provider of real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring services. This partnership solidifies Rocket Lab as the primary launch provider for BlackSky’s constellation, with a total of six Electron missions launched since 2019.

The upcoming launches are scheduled to begin in 2024 from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. BlackSky’s next-generation Gen-3 satellites will be used for these missions, capable of producing images with up to 35-centimeter resolution. This increased resolution and enhanced spectral diversity will enable BlackSky to provide real-time insights to its customers in various conditions, including nighttime, low light, and challenging weather.

BlackSky Secures New Block Purchase for Five Rocket Lab Launches

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck expressed his excitement about continuing the partnership with BlackSky, emphasizing the precision deployment and dependable launch schedule required for maintaining a constellation. He stated,

“We’re proud to deliver this dependable and tailored capability launch after launch, year after year.”

In addition to the BlackSky launches, Rocket Lab’s Electron manifest for 2024 includes missions for other commercial constellation operators such as Capella Space, Kinéis, Hawkeye 360, Synspective, as well as various government missions. It is evident that Rocket Lab is at the forefront of the space industry, providing reliable and tailored launch services to meet the diverse needs of its customers.