Rocket Lab hopes to launch commercial rocket

Rocket Lab's first commercial Electron rocket lifts off from Mahia Peninsula

The Electron rocket also carried a so-called "drag sail" technology demonstration, which is created to pull old, inactive satellites down into Earth's atmosphere where they burn up and reduce the amount of space junk in orbit.

As CNBC noted, the Electron rocket is created to carry spacecraft up to the size of a refrigerator on a faster timetable than larger competitors like SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, though it actually costs more than the latter. Electron can has a maximum payload capacity of 225kg, to a nominal Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 500km.

The mission's final payload was two miniature satellites - or "Cube Sats" as they've been dubbed - used for research purposes from South Australia's Fleet Space Technologies.

"The world is waking up to the new normal", said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck, speaking of the triumphant launch.

The two-stage rocket, standing more than 55 feet (17 meters) tall, fired its nine kerosene-fuelled Rutherford main engines at 0350 GMT Sunday (10:50 p.m. EST Saturday) and climbed away from Launch Complex 1, Rocket Lab's privately-operated spaceport on Mahia Peninsula, located on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. The launch took place from the company's private launch site on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula. The first successful test of the Electron rocket came in January of this year.

That would be a pretty remarkable launch rate for a relatively new company.

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The Mahia launch is being commanded from Rocket Lab's new rocket factory in Mount Wellington, Auckland.

The two-stage Falcon 9 operated by Elon Musk's SpaceX is 230ft (70m) tall is more than four times bigger than the Electron and can carry 23 tons of cargo into space, as opposed to a maximum of 550lbs (250kg) for the Electron.

The company aims to produce 100 Rutherford engines in 2018 from its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California.

The SS-520 was also carrying a 13.6-inch satellite that's now orbiting the earth.

The agency said in 2016 it wants to launch a "swarm" of tiny satellites that can track weather and climate change patterns.

Rocket Lab has continued the success of its 2018 orbital launch program with the launch of seven payloads to orbit on 11 November 2018.

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