Rocket Lab's 11th Electron flight - Birds of a Feather - launched a dedicated mission for the United States National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The mission successfully lifted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 at 15:56 NZDT, 31 January 2020.
The NRO competitively awarded the contract under the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket (RASR) contract vehicle. RASR allows the NRO to explore new launch opportunities that can provide a streamlined, commercial approach for getting small satellites into space.
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