Rocket Lab launches ultralight rocket in New Zealand
Rocket Lab launches ultralight rocket in New Zealand

Rocket Lab launches ultralight rocket in New Zealand

Rocket Lab launches ultralight rocket in New Zealand Private space company Rocket Lab made a test launch of the Electron rocket from a private spaceport located in New Zealand. The organization, which has offices in Los Angeles (USA) and New Zealand, plans to conduct two more rocket test launches this year. As a result of the first launch, the rocket did not enter the planned orbit, however, Electron left space three minutes after launch. At the moment, developers from Rocket Lab are studying the causes of failure in the flight program. Launch prepared progressing well. #ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/yNOG8u5yqW— Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 24, 2017 New camera angle taken during yesterday’s launch – includes sound. More to come! #ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/zr4M72MdiO— Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 26, 2017 # ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/KRo1iBB1wK— Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 25, 2017 Electron in flight. #ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/typyIgxCSb— Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 25, 2017 Space – as seen by Electron. #ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/JR2RlZuLFp— Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 25, 2017 The uniqueness of Electron rockets, which have been developing for 4 years, is their ultra-small size, significantly lower than that of competing Falcon 9 and Atlas rockets V. The height of the two-stage Electron rocket is slightly less than 17 meters, while the offspring of Elon Mask Falcon 9 has a height of over 60 meters. The Electron rocket can deliver up to 225 kg payload into low Earth orbit, and up to 150 kg payload into high space orbits. Considering that at the first launch all devices worked normally, information is currently being collected and processed to determine the cause why the rocket did not enter a given orbit. The main advantage of the Rocket Lab project is the low cost of launching the Electron rocket – 4.9 million US dollars, which can attract many consumers, especially small local telecom operators. However, contracts with Rocket Lab have already been concluded by such a giant corporation as NASA.

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