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New Zealand-based company successfully launched rocket with engine 3D printed

New Zealand-based company successfully launched rocket with engine 3D printed

Written by David

November 12, 2018

New Zealand-based space rocket company Rocket Lab has successfully launched Sunday its first commercial delivery into orbit, from the Mahia Peninsula in the North Island. It dropped off its first fully-fledged business payload – six satellites and an experimental piece of technology for five clients. The take-off was the third attempt at the mission after technical issues in April and June which followed a successful test in January. Rocket Lab founder and chief Peter Beck earlier described the mission – named “It’s Business Time” – as a milestone in the global space industry and said it marked the beginning of commercial operations to get small satellites into orbit. The Electron rockets use 3D-printed engines and can carry payloads up to about 150kg. Rocket Lab hopes to complete a launch every two weeks in 2019 and weekly in 2020. Rocket Lab was founded in 2006 by New Zealander Peter Beck, […]

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