A 3D printed, carbon fiber rocket flew for the first time in New Zealand

May 25, 2017

One of the world’s most promising new rocket companies successfully launched its first rocket to space from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula on May 25.

Though the 17-meter-tall rocket and its test payload didn’t make it to orbit, its flight to space represents an important milestone.

“We had a great first stage burn, stage separation, second stage ignition and fairing separation,” Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said after the flight. “We didn’t quite reach orbit, and we’ll be investigating why. However, reaching space in our first test puts us in an incredibly strong position to accelerate the commercial phase of our program.”

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