Rocket Lab has just unveiled plans for its Neutron rocket, an advanced 8-ton payload class launch vehicle designed for mega-constellation deployment, interplanetary missions and human spaceflight. It will build upon the success of its reliable workhorse Electron launch vehicle, which is being used to launch small satellites of up to 660-pounds. Neutron will transform space access for satellite constellations as well as provide a dependable, high-flight-rate dedicated launch solution for larger commercial and government payloads. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Neutron rocket consists of a two-stage launch vehicle that stands 131-feet tall with a 14.7-foot diameter fairing and a lift capacity of up to 8 metric tons to low-Earth orbit, 2-metric-tons to the Moon, and 1.5-metric-tons to Mars and Venus. It features a reusable first stage designed to land on an ocean platform, allowing for a high launch cadence and decreased launch costs for customers. Originally designed for satellite payloads, Neutron will also be capable of International Space Station (ISS) resupply and human spaceflight missions. The first launch is expected to some time in 2024.
- Build a large multi-stage rocket and opening launch control tower with interactive play experience, plus a monorail system to transport astronauts from the tower to the training grounds and rocket!
- Includes 6 LEGO City minifigures: 2 astronauts, 2 scientists, Launch Director, ground crew technician and a robot figure, plus a space telescope, rover with articulated arm and a launchpad
- Rocket standing measures over 16” (42cm) high, 4” (11cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep Launch Control closed measures over 7” (18cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep Launchpad with closed tower arms measures over 9” (24cm) high, 4” (12cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep Monorail track measures over 3” (8cm) high,14” (36cm) long and 18” (47cm) wide
- 837 pieces – Inspired by NASA astronaut toy for boys and girls aged 7+ and for fans and kids of all ages
- This LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control 60228 NASA-inspired gift set makes a great gift for kids and can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks for more creative play
Rocket Lab solved small launch with Electron. Now we’re unlocking a new category with Neutron. We’ve listened to our customers and the message is clear – biggest doesn’t always mean best when it comes to constellation deployment. Efficiently building the mega constellations of the future requires launching multiple satellites in batches to different orbital planes. It’s a requirement that all too often sees large launch vehicles fly with payloads well below their full lift capacity, which is an incredibly expensive and inefficient way to build out a satellite constellation,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO.