Rocket lab successfully launched its customer’s satellite into orbit earlier this week, successfully resuming service, but this deployment is not the only reason to celebrate, foreign media new atlas reported. < / P > < p > rocket lab has been putting satellites into orbit at a steady rate for the past few years, carrying out missions for NASA, DARPA and the air force. On Sunday, the company successfully completed a launch mission for Capella space, after a clean launch and stage separation, a satellite weighing about 10 kg was put into orbit. < / P > < p > however, shortly after, the team launched a new program to put a secondary payload into orbit. This involves electron’s kick stage, a powerful extra stage built into the launch vehicle, which uses a cold air reaction control system to deploy the satellite to a highly precise orbit. < / P > < p > the team sent instructions to effectively transition kick stage to a photo satellite. Last year, rocket lab revealed its ambition to expand its service range by sending small satellites and payloads into medium orbit, geostationary orbit and lunar orbit. < / P > < p > photon satellites are built for missions from low earth orbit to missions involving other planets. It can provide navigation, communication and power support for smaller satellites, but it can also be used as a fully functional spacecraft. It has its own propulsion system for orbit maneuver, and has the ability to carry out S-band telemetry up to 512Kbps. < / P > < p > the photo is designed to be configured differently according to the mission profile, but the device launched into space this week is called first light. This deployment is the first demonstration of the photon satellite as a two in one spacecraft, using the customer satellite as a kick stage and then becoming its own small satellite. Peter Beck, chief executive officer of rocket lab, said: “the launch of the first photo mission marks a major turning point for space users – it is now easier to launch and operate space missions than ever before.” Global Tech