Rocket Lab soars into space

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New Zealand rocket company Rocket Lab has made its first-ever launch.
The company held the maiden flight of its battery-powered 3D-printed rocket at Mahia Peninsula last week.
Earlier launch attempts were delayed due to wind.
In a post to Twitter, the company said, “Made it to space. Team delighted. More to follow!”
Although the 15m rocket, Electron, did reach space, it did not quite make it into orbit.
The American-New Zealand company said it would be looking into why it didn’t make it into orbit.
Rocket Lab’s customers include NASA, earth-imaging firm Planet and start-ups Spire and Moon Express.
The government said the rocket launch was the first visible sign of a space industry in New Zealand.
The rocket will eventually burn up on re-entry.

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