California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn’t reach orbit as hoped.
The company said its Electron rocket lifted off at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and reached space three minutes later.
“It has been an incredible day and I’m immensely proud of our talented team,” company founder Peter Beck said in a statement.
Beck, a New Zealander, said the early stages of the mission went well.
“We didn’t quite reach orbit and we’ll be investigating why, however reaching space in our …read more