The spacecraft builder has launched a photon platform to power the satellites based on solar cells.
The American spacecraft manufacturer is not satisfied with launching spacecraft and taking the satellites in the orbit. Thus, Rocket Lab has unveiled its very own satellite platform called the Photon. The novel development includes solar cell powering, data storage, avionics, propulsions and attitude control. All these factors can be modified and customized with varying space missions. The platform is capable to take told of the missions for five years which operate in the low orbit of Earth. The communication system allows the platform to hold up to one Tb of data.
In no time the Photon service will start, with the first launch is expected to happen around the fourth quarter of 2019, whereas the customers are aiming for 2020 air flights. This initiative taken by the American based spacecraft manufacturer is going to only worry its partners regarding the payload. The latter no longer has to worry about keeping the satellite in orbit under observation. This strategy of Rocket Lab is very attractive but uncommon at the same time. Since, its competitors SpaceX has built rockets for advanced satellite missions. On the other hand, Rocket Lab is taking initiatives to virtually handle and control everything from scratch.
However, this project has a lot of risk involved in it as it is not clear as to why private companies would give the control of satellites in the hands of the manufacturer. Nevertheless, this is very attractive for the private players and companies who cannot build their own satellite platforms due to lack of infrastructure or human resources.