New Zealand’s Tiny Rocket Launch
At 4.20am UST on 25 May 2017, a teeny-tiny rocket lifted off from the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand. As it accelerated skyward, it ticked off a series of firsts – the first launch from New Zealand, the first launch of US firm Rocket Lab’s “Mini Launcher”, and the first step in a journey to make it substantially easier for small companies to put satellites into space. It carried no cargo, but has now proved that it’s capable of hefting about 150 kg into orbit.
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