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Rocket Lab achieves liftoff — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on May 26th, 2017.

Rocket Lab launched its Electron rocket yesterday from the Māhia Peninsula. #ItsaTest ©Rocket Lab Despite not reaching orbit, the company announced it successfully made it to space, marking the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site. The SMC gathered expert reaction about the launch. Feel free to use these comments in your reporting. […]

Rocket Lab and its efforts to launch NZ into space game — Expert Q&A

Peter Griffin posted in on May 23rd, 2017.

Yesterday marked the start of the ten-day window in which Rocket Lab will attempt to launch its Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula in the Northern Hawkes Bay.  If they succeed, this will be the first rocket launched into space from New Zealand, making us the 11th country to do so. After high winds scrubbed […]

Prepare for takeoff: rocket launch site opens – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 27th, 2016.

New Zealand’s first orbital launch site has been opened on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. Los Angeles company Rocket Lab plans to start launching from Mahia later this year, with commercial payloads added from next year. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce hoped Rocket Lab would be the catalyst for other space-related […]

Cape Canaveral comes to the East Coast – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 11th, 2016.

In a few months, a remote East Coast town will become the launching pad for a rocket headed for space. In a two-page spread in the Herald on Sunday, science reporter Jamie Morton profiled inventor Peter Beck and the small town of Mahia he’s about to make famous. Read the full feature online. An excerpt: When […]

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 […]

Newsletter Digest: COP15 kicks off, Bisphenol-A ban urged

Peter Griffin posted in on December 4th, 2009.

COP 15: Is a deal on the cards? The Copenhagen climate conference kicks off over the weekend and while there won’t be many (if any) New Zealand scientists attending, the New Zealand media will be well-represented (six journalists will be on the ground covering it) and the conference has high-level political buy-in with the Prime […]

Atea-1 blasts off

Peter Griffin posted in on December 1st, 2009.

Yesterday, following a slight delay, Atea-1 took to the sky. The 6m tall rocket, developed by Auckland firm Rocket Lab Ltd, is new Zealand’s first attempt at commercial space flight and was launched from Great Mercury Island, in the Coromandel.  It is also being promoted as the Southern Hemisphere’s first private rocket launch to reach […]

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The New Zealand Herald: Star Wars-generation takes flight in the Southern Hemisphere

Peter Griffin posted in on November 23rd, 2009.

A feature by Lisa Bradley on Kiwi-based aerospace company Rocket Lab, which aims to make history on November 30 by launching the first privately constructed rocket from the southern hemisphere. Internet entrepreneur Mark Rocket, and award-winning Auckland scientist and engineer Peter Beck, dreamed up the space-race venture when they met three years ago. An excerpt: […]

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