Corporate bludger finally manages to get their skyrocket into orbit

One of our biggest corporate bludgers has finally managed to get their skyrocket into orbit:

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its second flight as well as launching three mini-satellites into a low Earth orbit.

Yesterday the company tried six times to launch its rocket, with one attempt stopping 60 seconds before take off due to a boat entering the exclusion zone downrange from the launch pad.

The launch was later scrubbed as high winds passed over the Mahia Peninsula.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck has said that although it was a test flight it was also carrying three satellites for paying customers.

The satellites are an Earth-imaging satellite for Planet, and two Lemur-2 satellites for Spire, for weather and ship tracking.

The first successful flight was carried out on 25 May last year.

The company’s launch window has been co-ordinated with New Zealand’s aviation authorities and the US’s Federal Aviation Administration.

It was live streamed on YouTube and on the Rocket Lab website.

God only knows why the previous government poured millions into a US owned company with a tiny footprint in NZ. If only the Government checked out Wikipedia they’d know what the score is:

Rocket Lab is a US aerospace manufacturer with a New Zealand subsidiary. Rocket Lab’s mission is to develop lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. The Electron Program was founded on the premise that small payloads such as CubeSats require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility not currently offered by traditional rocket systems. Electron, Rocket Lab’s lightweight launch vehicle, is designed to service the small satellite market with dedicated, high-frequency launch opportunities. Electron is designed to deliver payloads of 150 kg to a 500 km Sun-synchronous orbit.

If there is such a commercial demand for their services I fail to see why the government should provide millions in assistance when there are plenty of customers and corporate interests to get cash from. Worse, the company is not even a NZ company despite claims to the contrary from Callaghan Innovation.


-RNZ, Wikipedia

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