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Californian startup Rocket Lab celebrates successful launch from New Zealand

Its Rutherford rocket engines are created by a 3D printing process.

A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. That will be more than the whole United States.

The Government is particularly interested in advancing areas where New Zealand has existing strengths in space-based data applied to agri-technology, hazard management, oceanography and meteorology.

"This launch and Rocket Lab's presence in Auckland and on the East Coast demonstrates what New Zealand can offer for those involved in the space industry here and internationally", Mr Parker said. Thank you to @planetlabs and @SpireGlobal for joining us on this ride.

"Now they're amongst the competitors in the world market". That's why the company's Electron rocket isn't very big itself.

Rocket Lab builds Electron rockets for about $6 to $10 million, ten times less than the cost to buy a rocket outright from other global companies, Beck said. That is why the company developed its dedicated launch facility on the Mahia Peninsula. They are a great example of what can be achieved. This was actually the second Electron test flight, following another in May 2017, when the rocket was unable to reach lower earth orbit because of a technical fault.

"New Zealand really stands alone with a technically advanced, commercially focused launch vehicle".

Liftoff from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1.

"I must say, the geographic setting of the launch pad is the most scenic in the world". Rocket Lab said that if the mishap hadn't occurred, the Electron would have made it to orbit. "Today is a huge win". With their successful deployment, it's possible Rocket Lab may start commercial missions on its next flight.

"The industry will be watching Rocket Lab's ability to meet schedule, but this is a milestone for Rocket Lab". So Rocket Lab set a new nine-day launch window in January. Space is open for business. Rocket Lab is gearing up to launch a third test flight later this year and might also be preparing to fulfill its contracts with NASA and lunar-mining company Moon Express.

With both companies now communicating with the satellites, Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck on Monday declared the company would not need to conduct anymore tests.

Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck said: "Reaching orbit on a second test flight is significant on its own, but successfully deploying customer payloads so early in a new rocket program is nearly unprecedented". "Rocket Lab was founded on the principal of opening access to space to better understand our planet and improve life on it", Beck added.

"Next year, we'll go to one every two weeks and, at that point, Rocket Lab as a company will be launching more than America as a country".

The isolated location of Rocket Lab's launch spot means it is permitted by regulators to launch up to 120 times a year, more than any other commercial or government launch provider in history.

New Zealand joins not only superpowers like Russian Federation and the United States in putting a satellite into orbit, but also Iran, Israel and North Korea.

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