Technology Development Satellite

The photon Pathstone mission is also intended to operate on orbit to build spacecraft heritage before NASA’s Lunar Photon mission to the Moon in 2021, as a risk reduction demonstration.

Name of SatellitePhoton Pathstone
PurposeTechnology Development
ContractorRocket Labs
Country of ContractorNew Zealand
Launch Mass (kg.)20
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)448
Date of Launch22.03.2021
Launch SiteRocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Launch VehicleElectron
COSPAR Number2021-023H
NORAD Number47972

Photon Pathstone was launched on 22 March 2021 as part of the 19th Electron mission, marking a second official test.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here