One small step... (22 Jan, 2018)

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One small step... (22 Jan, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:37 am

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Hurling stuff into low-earth orbit is nothing to be sneezed at when it comes to the technological challenges involved.

However, do we run the risk of getting just a little to over-excited about accomplishing something that the Russians managed more than 60 years ago?

And what about the future of RocketLab?

Are there just too many disadvantages to operating a space-launch operation on the East Coast of New Zealand?

Will RocketLab (like so many other innovative Kiwi tech companies) now be bought and picked clean by some offshore entity which is only really interested in some select bits of intellectual property?

You tell me.
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Re: One small step... (22 Jan, 2018)

Postby bacchusnz » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:44 am

Hi Bruce,

Scott Manley just did a Youtube video on the Electron Rocket and it goes into some depth in relation to other rockets.

Check it out https://youtu.be/U5k1mlu6A7I

Congrats Rocket Labs!

Cheers

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Re: One small step... (22 Jan, 2018)

Postby Muscular Jam » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:05 pm

Congratulations to the LA company Rocket Lab USA on their successful launch. I'm not sure where you get this "we" and "us" from Bruce?
However there are advantages to being used as a rocket launch site, check out their situations vacant page:
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/careers/positions/

and as an interesting aside, one of their FAQs is "I would like to start a launch related tourism business. Can Rocket Lab assist me?". Their answer is no but obviously people are starting to think about spinoffs from this success.
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