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#1 2018-11-11 21:48:56

SpaceNut
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Rocket Lab launch in New Zealand brings quick, cheap space access

Successful first launch

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https://www.rocketlabusa.com/

Rocket Lab launch in New Zealand brings quick, cheap space access

Rocket Lab is a private American aerospace manufacturer and smallsat launcher with a wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary. It has developed a suborbital sounding rocket named Ātea and currently operates a lightweight orbital rocket known as the Electron, which provides dedicated launches for smallsats and cubesats.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_Lab

Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

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two-stage, $5.7 million Electron rocket launched from Rocket Lab’s complex in New Zealand,

standing more than 55 feet (17 meters) tall,

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First stage is with nine main engines powered by kerosene,
Second stage single Rutherford engine (a mostly 3D-printed design with an electric-pump-fed engine)
Rocket Lab’s Curie kick stage burns a “green” non-toxic liquid monopropellant.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/its-busin … w-zealand/

"We have a burgeoning customer manifest, so we're moving onto the next mission within a few weeks -- the incredibly exciting ELaNa 19 mission for NASA in December."
Rocket Lab added that it has a private launch complex licensed for 120 launches each year, and previously said it aims to complete a launch each fortnight in 2019, and weekly in 2020. Its rockets use 3D-printed engines and can carry payloads of up to about 150 kilograms.

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#2 2018-11-12 02:26:56

louis
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Re: Rocket Lab launch in New Zealand brings quick, cheap space access

Refreshing to have a countdown in a different accent: Teen, noin, ate, seen, sex, foiv, foe, thwee, toe, warn! smile

Rocket Lab are impressive and this just proves it! smile


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#3 2019-11-26 13:31:56

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