Rocket Lab successfully makes it to space - ROCKET LAB PRESS RELEASE Rocket Lab broke new ground today when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 NZST.  Electron lifted-off at 16:20 NZST from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. It was the first orbital-class rocket launched from from a private launch site in the world.

Rocket Lab successfully makes it to space - ROCKET LAB PRESS RELEASE Rocket Lab broke new ground today when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 NZST. Electron lifted-off at 16:20 NZST from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. It was the first orbital-class rocket launched from from a private launch site in the world.

Rocket Lab countdown: What you need to know - NEWS ITEM

Rocket Lab countdown: What you need to know - NEWS ITEM

An introduction to rockets and mass - TEACHER RESOURCE:   In this activity, students view a PowerPoint presentation introducing some rockets, their purposes and distances travelled in space. By the end of this activity, students should be able to:      describe some rockets and their purpose     begin to think about what they already know about rockets and space and what they want to find out     describe the relative distances and sizes of the Earth, the atmosphere, the Moon and the Sun and…

An introduction to rockets and mass - TEACHER RESOURCE: In this activity, students view a PowerPoint presentation introducing some rockets, their purposes and distances travelled in space. By the end of this activity, students should be able to: describe some rockets and their purpose begin to think about what they already know about rockets and space and what they want to find out describe the relative distances and sizes of the Earth, the atmosphere, the Moon and the Sun and…

NZ's first space launch (or the early days of Rocket Lab) - TEACHING RESOURCE      Rocket Lab launched New Zealand’s first rocket designed to reach space in 2009. Their goal to reach space was to develop and showcase innovative technology that would appeal to potential international aerospace companies.

NZ's first space launch (or the early days of Rocket Lab) - TEACHING RESOURCE Rocket Lab launched New Zealand’s first rocket designed to reach space in 2009. Their goal to reach space was to develop and showcase innovative technology that would appeal to potential international aerospace companies.

The official Rocket Lab website

The official Rocket Lab website

Editorial: Rocket a stellar boost for Mahia - NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Rocket a stellar boost for Mahia - NEWS EDITORIAL

Peter Beck - ROCKET ENGINEER PROFILE:   Position: CEO and technical director, Field: Rocket engineering, Organisation: Rocket Lab.  Peter Beck is CEO and technical director of Rocket Lab, a New Zealand rocket technology company. He founded Rocket Lab in 2006 and led it to accomplish its first major goal of building and launching a rocket to reach space in 2009. He continues to lead Rocket Lab as a high-tech company in international markets.

Peter Beck - ROCKET ENGINEER PROFILE: Position: CEO and technical director, Field: Rocket engineering, Organisation: Rocket Lab. Peter Beck is CEO and technical director of Rocket Lab, a New Zealand rocket technology company. He founded Rocket Lab in 2006 and led it to accomplish its first major goal of building and launching a rocket to reach space in 2009. He continues to lead Rocket Lab as a high-tech company in international markets.

Rockets and mass - TEACHING RESOURCE: The mass of a rocket is important for two reasons – an object with less mass accelerates more quickly, and an object with more mass has more gravitational force acting on it.

Rockets and mass - TEACHING RESOURCE: The mass of a rocket is important for two reasons – an object with less mass accelerates more quickly, and an object with more mass has more gravitational force acting on it.

Minimizing mass - VIDEO  Peter Beck from Rocket Lab in New Zealand talks about the importance of minimising the mass of a rocket to make it as efficient as possible. He explains the ‘spiral of doom’ in which any extra mass requires a lot more fuel and fuel tanks. Keeping mass as low as possible is the way to keep rocket size and cost as low as possible.

Minimizing mass - VIDEO Peter Beck from Rocket Lab in New Zealand talks about the importance of minimising the mass of a rocket to make it as efficient as possible. He explains the ‘spiral of doom’ in which any extra mass requires a lot more fuel and fuel tanks. Keeping mass as low as possible is the way to keep rocket size and cost as low as possible.

Rocket Lab to move launch site to North Island - NEWS ITEM November 2015

Rocket Lab to move launch site to North Island - NEWS ITEM November 2015


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Our mission is to remove barriers to commercial space. The Electron Program was founded on the belief that small 
payloads require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility.

Our mission is to remove barriers to commercial space. The Electron Program was founded on the belief that small payloads require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility.

Rocket Lab's first rocket arrives at Mahia Peninsula launch site - NEWS ITEM WITH VIDEO Feb 2017

Rocket Lab's first rocket arrives at Mahia Peninsula launch site - NEWS ITEM WITH VIDEO Feb 2017

NEWS ITEM: Rocket scientist Lachlan Matchett has been named the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand's (IPENZ) Young Engineer of the Year. Video shows the RocketLab Mahia site.

NEWS ITEM: Rocket scientist Lachlan Matchett has been named the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand's (IPENZ) Young Engineer of the Year. Video shows the RocketLab Mahia site.

Rocket Lab creating more jobs for Mahia - NEWS ITEM January 2017

Rocket Lab creating more jobs for Mahia - NEWS ITEM January 2017

This is the flipchart I use to teach newton's laws and graphing motion to my 8th graders. I use this along with NASA's stomp rocket lab to teach about aerodynamics, force, motion, and acceleration. I also utilize motion sensors in order to begin teaching motion at the beginning of class.

This is the flipchart I use to teach newton's laws and graphing motion to my 8th graders. I use this along with NASA's stomp rocket lab to teach about aerodynamics, force, motion, and acceleration. I also utilize motion sensors in order to begin teaching motion at the beginning of class.

Rockets work by accelerating gas to very high speeds inside and then letting the gas escape from the back of the rocket.

Rockets work by accelerating gas to very high speeds inside and then letting the gas escape from the back of the rocket.

The Tsiolkovsky rocket equation, or ideal rocket equation, describes the motion of vehicles that follow the basic principle of a rocket: a device that can apply acceleration to itself (a thrust) by expelling part of its mass with high speed and move due to the conservation of momentum.

The Tsiolkovsky rocket equation, or ideal rocket equation, describes the motion of vehicles that follow the basic principle of a rocket: a device that can apply acceleration to itself (a thrust) by expelling part of its mass with high speed and move due to the conservation of momentum.

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