New Zealand Makes History

Rocket Lab launched the Electron Rocket successfully into orbit and deployed a couple of CubeSats.
The Electron rocket is 17 meters / 55 ft tall and is powered by by nine Rutherford main engines fueled with a kerosene and liquid oxygen mix.

Lift off was at 8:43 p.m. EST Saturday (0143 GMT; 2:43 p.m. New Zealand time Sunday.

Rocket Lab is a commercial entity with a New Zealand and US team developing the program. Rocket Lab claims to be able to launch 50 flights a year.

The Rutherford engines get their name from the New Zealand-born nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford and get this, the engines are the first to be primarily produced by 3D printing!

CONGRATULATIONS ROCKET LAB and New Zealand!!! Oh and beautiful video too!

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