Rocket Lab showered with meteors of praise for first flight
Lab Rocket may not have reached the orbit of its first test flight, but the first space company New Zealand has won praise for what it has achieved.
The electron rocket, powered by its Rutherford engine printed in 3D, turned it into space – the first time it launched a rocket capable of reaching the orbit at an installation in private space, especially the Mahia Peninsula in the Bay of Hawke.
“It was an incredible day and I’m very proud of our talented team,” said Peter Beck, CEO and founder of Rocket Lab.
The fact that something is not well planned, preventing the rocket from entering orbit, is likely to be a small speed bump.
“I know firsthand how incredibly difficult it is to have something in space – a million things are going well,” said Dr. George Sowers, former chief scientist at Boeing and Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance.
“As the statistics, the overall record of the start-up of the industry for the first flight of a new rocket is about 50%. Success was certainly not guaranteed.”
Given the small Rocket lab equipment and the use of a new type of rocket engine and made the first shot in the area was quite impressive, said Richard Easther, professor of physics at Auckland University.
“Achieving the orbit at the first attempt would be a tale result with any brand new launch vehicle, and the Rocket Lab was tentatively drawn close to it. This will be a great success.”
M. Beck said that Lab Rocket will review the data to find out what was not working.
“We have learned a lot through this test release, and even apprendreons in the coming weeks.”
Kris Walsh, former head of the United Launch Alliance project and NASA launch director, said that the decision Lab Rocket to focus on useful smaller loads – more like Likex SpaceX – is not only a good practical point of view, but its Commercial use.
“If Lab Rocket can quickly become reliable when temporary releases, they can capture a market ignored by the industry today.”
However that laboratory rocket its luxury payloads Dr. Sowers said, if it wants to remain commercially viable.
“South customers Latitude limit to high tilt orbits, avoiding market share. It is also a long trip to the US and European customers, which accounts for most of the market.”