Rocket Lab Launches Its First Rocket Into Space

May 25, 2017

The commercial space race is heating up again as startup Rocket Lab successfully launched its first Electron rocket (named “It’s A Test”), successfully made it into space. This is the first of three test launches the company has planned this year, with an eye to delivering customer payloads into space before 2018.

“It has been an incredible day and I’m immensely proud of our talented team,” Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement. “We’re one of a few companies to ever develop a rocket from scratch and we did it in under four years. We’ve worked tirelessly to get to this point.”

Most of the flight looked pretty smooth – the two-stage rocket did successfully achieve separation, and the second stage engines fired. However, although the rocket made it into space, it didn’t reach the company’s intended target.

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