Rocket Lab's Electron liftoff. Credits: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab Signs Deal for 10 Electron Launches with Synspective

Rocket Lab and Synspective sign record deal for 10 Electron launches, expanding their partnership to deploy advanced EO satellites from 2025 to 2027

Rocket Lab USA has secured its largest Electron launch agreement to date, partnering with Japanese Earth observation company Synspective. The ten-launch deal, announced in Tokyo, underscores a robust and ongoing collaboration between the two companies.

Rocket Lab's Electron liftoff. Credits: Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab’s Electron liftoff. Credits: Rocket Lab

The event was attended by prominent figures including Rocket Lab founder and CEO Sir Peter Beck, Synspective founder and CEO Dr. Motoyuki Arai, and New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, who is on a mission to deepen technological and economic ties with Japan.


A continuing partnership

Rocket Lab has been the exclusive launch provider for Synspective since 2020, successfully deploying four missions for the company. This new agreement will see Rocket Lab launching ten more dedicated missions from 2025 to 2027, reinforcing its role in deploying Synspective’s synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites.

“Since our first mission in 2020, Rocket Lab has reliably launched our StriX satellites,” said Dr. Arai. “This new agreement solidifies our confidence in Rocket Lab as an innovative launch provider, enabling us to accelerate our constellation development and expand our services.”

Synspective’s small SAR satellites are equipped with advanced radar technology capable of observing the Earth’s surface under all weather conditions, day or night. This technology allows for detailed monitoring of infrastructure, agriculture, and environmental conditions, providing critical data for various applications:

  • Infrastructure Monitoring: Detecting anomalies in infrastructure like roads, railways, and energy systems, which helps in reducing maintenance costs and mitigating accident risks.
  • Agricultural Management: Monitoring crop growth and analyzing soil and vegetation health to enhance efficiency and reduce costs for farmers.
  • Environmental Protection: Identifying illegal logging and fishing activities in remote areas.
  • Disaster Response: Offering rapid damage assessment after natural disasters like floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions, and aiding in land subsidence risk evaluation.
  • Maritime and Border Security: Facilitating the persistent monitoring of maritime traffic and border activities, thus improving security and maritime domain awareness.
  • Carbon Monitoring: Analyzing tree cover for CO2 absorption and carbon credits calculation.

The control Synspective gains by being the sole payload on Electron launches allows for precise deployment and optimal constellation build-out, enhancing service coverage for their customers.


Strategic impact and international collaboration

Sir Peter Beck, in a statement, highlighted the importance of this agreement for the company: “We are honored that Synspective has entrusted Rocket Lab with the deployment of their constellation. Japan’s space industry is growing rapidly, and we are excited to support this growth through our unique collaboration, delivering tailored access to orbit for Japanese small satellites.”

Electron liftoff carrying "Four Of A Kind" mission. Credits: Rocket Lab
Electron liftoff carrying “Four Of A Kind” mission. Credits: Rocket Lab

On the other hand, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, emphasized the significance of international cooperation in advancing space technology. “New Zealand innovation in space technology is rapidly gaining recognition. This significant contract demonstrates the opportunities to grow trade and prosperity between our nations,” he said.


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