Rocket Lab launches from Hawke's Bay after time improves



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The Electron Rocket Lab rocket test was launched from the Mahia Peninsula earlier this year.

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The Electron Rocket Lab rocket test was launched from the Mahia Peninsula earlier this year.

The Rocket Lab was able to return to space after the unfavorable weather was solved in Hawke Bay on Sunday.

It was the company's second commercial flight based in New Zealand and, firstly, a partnership with the US space agency Nasa.

The company said its Electron rocket was launched from the Hawke's Bay facility on the Mahia peninsula at around 8 pm Sunday.

The rocket carries 13 satellites and left Earth from the launch pad on the east coast of New Zealand.

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"This is a really meaningful mission for the Rocket Lab and NASA," a company spokeswoman said.

Sunday's launch would be Rocket Lab's first with NASA.

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Sunday's launch would be Rocket Lab's first with NASA.

Typically, these types of satellites hitch a ride on larger launches, she said.

"This means that they are prone to delays and may not necessarily go to the exact orbits they want. So this marks a significant time for the team here at Rocket Lab to be able to put it into orbit for NASA."

There was a nine-day launch window for the Nanosatatellites 19 Educational Launch (ELaNa-19) mission, which ended on December 21.

Started in 2006 by Aucklander Peter Beck, Rocket Lab developed rocket technology to provide orbit access to small satellites.

The spokeswoman said the company expects to increase operations next year.

Rocket Lab's mission control at Mount Wellington controlled all of its global launches.

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Rocket Lab's mission control at Mount Wellington controlled all of its global launches.

"2019 will be a great year for the Rocket Lab. We're targeting 16 releases. We're actually increasing that launch cadence to open up access to space for small satellites," she said.

"We are building our second US launch pad at NASA's facilities, but Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia peninsula will always be our high-frequency, high-volume site."

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