Rocket Lab ready for second launch from Mahia Peninsula

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Newstalk ZB,
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Friday, 8 December 2017, 8:24AM
Mahia Peninsula. Rocket Lab made history when it launched a rocket in May, which was the first of its kind to reach space from a private launch facility.

A New Zealand company is about to launch its second rocket on a data collection mission.

The launch window is open and the rocket's been rolled out at Mahia Peninsula.

Rocket Lab made history when it launched a rocket in May, which was the first of its kind to reach space from a private launch facility.

Chief executive Peter Beck told Mike Hosking the second rocket's priority is to collect data.

He said last time they processed almost 30,000 channels of it.

"So what that looks like is just terabyte of various results of sensors so strain and pressures and temperatures and aerodynamic loads and you name it we measure it."

He said the second rocket has been rolled out and is ready for its data collection mission.

"We are definitely subject to whether we look for very, very optimum conditions because it is a test flight and we are looking to measure a whole lot of things so we don't want any of our data skewed by poor weather."

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