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Rocket Lab successful launch and payload deployment – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on January 21st, 2018.

Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket and deployed satellites into orbit this afternoon, a milestone for the company and New Zealand’s fledgling private space industry. The SMC rounded up reaction from space and rocket experts. Feel free to use the comments below in your reports, or contact the experts directly to follow up for […]

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 […]

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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