New Zealand made the first start-up launch its space rocket

The founder and CEO of Rocket Lab Peter Beck near the rocket Electron

Follow the first time you run it is always interesting. We have repeatedly written about the New Zealand company, Rocket Lab, build a rocket Electron and has long been planning to make its first run. Finally he took. Compact rocket 17 meters high and collected on the basis of carbon-fiber body has recently successfully launched from Baikonur on New Zealand Mahia Peninsula, reaching the initial boundaries of space. Despite the fact that the Electron did not come out into orbit, its creators believe that the launch was successful.

New Zealand made the first start-up launch its space rocket

"It was a great flight. No incidents at the first stage engine, her office, startup of the engines of the second stage and its compartment. We could not go into orbit - this will still understand - but to reach outer space boundaries in the first test run is an excellent application to move to a commercial phase of our program, where we can offer our customers open access to space, "- he commented founder and CEO of Rocket Lab Peter Beck.

The New Zealand startup Rocket Lab plans to specialize in placing into Earth orbit satellites kubsatov compact. Despite the fact that the company's carrier rocket is much less than the same Falcon 9 from SpaceX and New Shepard from Blue Origin, a relatively low-weight missile, according to the company, will contribute to a substantial reduction in price of space launches associated with the withdrawal of kubsatov, and open access to satellite technology market for small companies and research centers, which are now unable to pay for a ticket to orbit. Video test run Electron rockets was published in the "Twitter":

#ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/KRo1iBB1wK

- Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 25, 2017

And in this video the rocket has reached outer space:

Space - as seen by Electron. #ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/JR2RlZuLFp

- Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 25, 2017

This is just one of the three test runs to be carried out Rocket Lab this year. The company hopes that in the future be able to produce more than 50 space launches in the year, and says that he wants to join forces with aerospace agency NASA, private company Moon Express and many others.