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    New Zealand's Space plans.

    It is being kicked off by the opening of their 1st rocket launch site

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ne..._site_999.html

    New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast.

    Joyce congratulated Rocket Lab's chief executive and founder Peter Beck and his team "who have worked hard to achieve this," saying in a statement that "it is their innovation and perseverance that has made this day possible."

    Joyce said that he was "looking forward to the first launches from Mahia expected later this year, with more to come next year when Rocket Lab launches with commercial payloads."

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    *must resist joke*

    *must resist joke*

    A New Zealand project with a Peter B. at the head? Sounds like great things are sure to follow...

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    Now we about to witness a launch of a commercial satellite soon way to go New Zealand.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/11/1...d-launch-site/

    Rocket Lab’s second flight-ready Electron rocket has arrived at its launch base in New Zealand for the company’s first mission to deliver commercial satellites into orbit.

    The launch is expected as soon as December, once engineers and technicians complete several weeks of testing on the rocket. The tests are expected to include countdown rehearsals, and possibly a hold-down firing of the Electron’s engines on the launch pad.

    The target launch date for the Electron mission, which Rocket Lab says is primarily an experimental test flight, will be announced in the coming weeks, the company said in a statement Monday.

    Rocket Lab has dubbed the second Electron launch “Still Testing.” It comes after the Electron rocket’s maiden test flight May 25, which the company named “It’s a Test.”

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    An interview with Rocket Lab's Peter Beck.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...-humanity-star

    Last month, from its base in New Zealand, Peter Beck’s space company, Rocket Lab, conducted its first successful attempt to put satellites in orbit. The launch vehicle, the Electron, carried a payload including the Humanity Star, a very shiny, 65-sided, carbon-fibre satellite whose only function is to reflect the sunlight as it spins. Scientists didn’t approve: astronomers claimed it would interfere with their observations, others called it “space graffiti”, while the Scientific American described it as “satellite vermin”.

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    Rocket Lab consolidates its position as the front runner in the small rockets race by announcing more customers for its services.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay...ectid=11992876

    As Rocket Lab prepares for its first fully-commercial rocket launch from Mahia, the aerospace company has taken another step closer to being ready to put a series of small satellites into orbit for NASA.

    Rocket Lab says it has performed a successful fit check of the CubeSat dispensers for the NASA Venture Class Launch of its Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIX mission, which will put a total 12 mini CubeSats into orbit.

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    1) Rocket Lab now has 10 launches under its belt

    2) they're opening LC-2, a US pad at NASA's MARS launch complex on Wallops Island, Virginia. Right next door to Northrop-Grumman's Antares pad, which is used to launch their Cygnus cargo vehicle to ISS.

    https://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-ina...s-launch-site/

    Rocket Lab inaugurates U.S. launch site

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force will be the first customer for a Rocket Lab Electron launching in 2020 from a new launch site in Virginia, the company announced Dec. 12.

    Rocket Lab formally opened Launch Complex (LC) 2, a launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia, adjacent to the pad used by Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. The launch site, similar to the company’s existing Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, is specifically designed for U.S. government customers who prefer to launch from American soil and also want responsive launch capabilities.

    “We’ve certainly made a number of improvements to the pad, but the pads look identical,” Peter Beck, chief executive of Rocket Lab, said in an interview. “That’s part of the reason why we were able to build the site so quickly.” Construction of the pad started in February after a groundbreaking ceremony in October 2018.
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    LC-2 is designed to handle up to 12 launches per year. Beck said that once they get that first launch done next week and handle any “teething issues” with the new pad, they’ll be ready to support additional launches “as customers require.” He expected that the company will, between the two launch sites, perform at least one launch a month in 2020, double the rate of six launches the company conducted in 2019.
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