NZ rocket launches into space
NZ Herald | Monday Nov 30, 2009
New Zealand’s first space rocket has launched this afternoon.
The Atea-1 took off from its launch site at Great Mercury Island just before 3pm, after technical problems delayed this morning’s planned launch.
The launch company, Rocket Lab Ltd, started up three years ago with the aim to develop a series of Atea rockets that would make space more accessible, company director Mark Rocket said last week.
“This is the first step in a long journey,” he said.