New Zealand Space Launch

New Zealand Space Launch is First From a Private Site

New Zealand (McKoy’s News)New Zealand Space Launch: An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility.

Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia Peninsula, in North Island, the firm said on Twitter.

The test flight was the first launch from New Zealand and is a major first step in an emerging market; launching cheap disposable rockets to carry small satellites and other cargo.

The company plans to start frequent commercial launches later this year.

Poor weather conditions had pushed the launch into the fourth day of a 10-day window and the Electron finally took off at 16:20 local time (04:20 GMT).

Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett

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