New Zealands rocket startup successfully launched 13 microsatellites into orbit

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 New Zealands rocket startup successfully launched 13 microsatellites into orbit


Netease Technologies News Dec. 17, according to foreign media reports, RocketLab, a New Zealand company supported by Silicon Valley investors, recently launched 13 microsatellites into space from New Zealand using its own companys electronic number Electron rocket.

On Sunday night, local time, the rocket was launched from the worlds only private orbital launch pad on the Mahia Peninsula, carrying 13 10-centimeter-sized microsatellites.

These microsatellites, known as cube satellites, will collect data on radiation belts or autonomous space movement for universities and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASAs mission was named the Education Launch Program for Nanosatellites, or ELaNa-19.

After years of preparation, RocketLab successfully launched a satellite-based rocket in January this year, an important step in the companys participation in the global business competition to reduce financial and logistical barriers to commercial space.

The launch is the second commercial launch of the New Zealand company after launching seven satellites on November 11 this year.

If the mission succeeds, RocketLab expects to increase the number of launches in 2019, with the goal of completing 16 missions. (Han Bing)

Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541