Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Zealand prepares to launch first privately-funded sounding rocket in Southern Hemisphere

Chris Keall
National Business Review

Just half a century after it began, New Zealand is set to enter the space race.

In the week beginning November 30 (subject to weather), Rocket Lab’s Atea-1 “launch vehicle” (what most of us would call a rocket) is due to blast off, carrying a payload 120km into the heavens (space starts at 100km up; the international space station orbits at around 320km above us).

Atea-1 will become the first privately-funded rocket to launch from the Southern Hemisphere.

Read the story, HERE.

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