AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share

Rocket Lab

Company nameRocket Lab Ltd.
Company typePrivate
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Key peoplePeter Beck, CEO homepage=website

     Home | Company | Rocket Lab



Rocket Lab Ltd. is a New Zealand firm that designs and fabricates sounding rockets and propulsion systems.

The first launch of the Ātea-1 (Māori for 'space') suborbital sounding rocket was scheduled for late 2009. The 6m long rocket weighing 60 kg is designed to carry a 2 kg payload to an altitude of 120 km. It is intended to carry scientific payloads or possibly personal items.

Atea-1 was successfully launched from Great Mercury Island near Coromandel on November 30, 2009 at 2:30pm after fueling problems delayed the scheduled 7.10am liftoff.

A larger Ātea-2 series rocket is reported to be under development.

Some funding has been obtained from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. Former Crown Research scientist Peter Beck is founder, CEO and Technical Director.




Warning: simplexml_load_file(http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/-/Rocket/Lab?orderby=viewCount&max-results=10) [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/-/Rocket/Lab?orderby=viewCount&max-results=10" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260