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NZ startup creates 3D-printed, battery-powered rocket engine

Laura Goodall posted in on April 16th, 2015.

Rocket Lab, the Auckland-based aerospace company, unveiled its latest innovation at the US Space Symposium this week: a 3D-printed, battery-powered rocket engine. Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck says that the Rutherford engine – named after New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford – is the world’s first battery-powered rocket engine and the first new rocket propulsion system created in 50 years, according […]

Sunday Star Times: Reinventing the wheel

Peter Griffin posted in on September 20th, 2010.

Adam Dudding writes in the Sunday Star Times about concerns that, although Kiwis are highly inventive, we risk inventing the wheel repeatedly. Using Rex (the exoskeletal legs recently developed in NZ) as an example, an intellectual property consultant has pointed out why the ‘invention’ may not be the commercial success people expect. An excerpt: (read […]

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