In the history of space exploration, Rocket Lab is one of only two private companies to ever successfully deliver satellites to orbit.
There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space in the new era of small satellite technology. Deploying infrastructure to orbit enables the opportunity to affect millions – if not billions – of people’s lives: from global internet coverage, to better crop monitoring, being able to monitor illegal fishing across the oceans, and tracking changes in climate across the globe.
Having launched 28 satellites to orbit with a 100 per cent success rate since its first commercial launch less than 18 months ago, Rocket Lab - headquartered in Huntington Beach, California and founded in New Zealand by Kiwi engineer Peter Beck - is ushering in an exciting new era of small satellite technology as Rocket Lab revolutionises space access for small satellites globally.
At 17 metres high, Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is the first in the world to be equipped with a fully 3D-printed rocket engine powered by an electric pump. Coupled with the fact it is launched from the world’s only private orbital launch range - Launch Complex 1 located on Māhia Peninsula - Rocket Lab has proven it is at the cutting edge of small satellite launch technology.