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    New Zealand's space programme

    Now don't laugh. It may be small but it is perfectly proportioned.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/rocket...#axzz3XMEGoKJN

    Hopefully the video isn't blocked outside of NZed but the text of the video is there.

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    Cool stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45 Below View Post
    Now don't laugh. It may be small but it is perfectly proportioned.
    ...That's what she said. (sorry)
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    Set to launch their first test rocket by the end of the year.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=117170039

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    Will they orbit clockwise or counter clockwise?

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    I'll take two please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamski View Post
    I'll take two please.
    It sounds like you really just need one 3D printer. Then you can take as many as you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevMcNJ View Post
    Will they orbit clockwise or counter clockwise?
    Good question.

    I saw the international space station go over from SW to NE the other night. These space guys are just messing with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gomer Simpson View Post
    It sounds like you really just need one 3D printer. Then you can take as many as you like.
    Would a 3D photocopier speed things up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45 Below View Post
    Good question.

    I saw the international space station go over from SW to NE the other night. These space guys are just messing with us.
    I've seen it fly overhead 2 or 3 times here in the southeastern US.

    It's only a 45 second show but it amazes me to think there's people in that tiny light way way up in the air

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    Quick update - they are ready to go. A launch window has opened (no, not over *Terre Haute) and they hope to get one into space.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=11858421

    * I thought I would get that one in before anyone else did - especially given the Indy countdown.


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    Keep us posted!

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    Fascinating stuff. Thanks for posting it here.
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    God how I loved those Estes rockets when I was a kid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamski View Post
    Keep us posted!
    Day 1 - Launch prevented by high winds

    Day 2 - Launch prevented by high cloud

    Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said the rocket was now at the launch pad, but the company was waiting for high altitude cloud to clear.It was following set guidelines around weather and launch safety, Beck said, and the current conditions put it at risk of triboelectrification.
    "This is the buildup of static charge through friction.
    "Ice and other particles in high cloud strike the rocket transferring electrons, the atomic kind, and build up charge on the surface of the vehicle.
    "This can lead to large voltage potential and encourage electric discharges or lightning which may affect the avionics onboard."

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    and of course


    Big step for the NZ Space industry. Keep em flying!

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    Very Cool!
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    A quick update: They've now put three small satellites into orbit on their first attempt.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=11979201

    One of the satellites will take images of Earth for United States company Planet Labs.The other two will capture weather and ship tracking data for Spire Global.
    This was the second rocket to be launched by the New Zealand aerospace company, but the first to make it into orbit.
    A rocket launched in May 2017 by the company saw lift-off, but failed to reach orbit.
    Six attempts made by Rocket Lab to launch on Saturday failed and attempts were scrubbed altogether by early evening.
    Strong wind high in the atmosphere, a power fault, and too much liquid oxygen feeding into the rocket's engine obstructed multiple launch attempts.
    Rocket Lab plans to hold three test rocket launches before it operates commercially to carry satellites into orbit frequently, at a cost significantly lower than its competitors.

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    Far out!

    Literally!

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    Looks like the party's over...

    https://www.cnn.com/style/article/hu...yle/index.html

    The party is coming to an end, and much sooner than anticipated.
    The Humanity Star, a reflective satellite launched by private company Rocket Lab, is expected to flame out sometime this week. Launched in New Zealand in January, it had been expected to keep us looking to the skies for the majority of 2018.
    "In the coming days, the Humanity Star will begin its final descent into the Earth's atmosphere where it will burn up on re-entry, leaving no trace," Peter Beck, founder of Rocket Lab, said in a statement.
    The satellite, which to many people resembles a disco ball, was launched to encourage people to "think a little differently about their lives, actions and what is important for humanity," according to Beck.
    It's a Hoosier thing, you wouldn't understand...

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    Rocket Lab has a new client - NASA.

    https://www.satellitetoday.com/launc...sats-to-orbit/

    Rocket Lab launched its third orbital mission of 2018, successfully deploying satellites to orbit for NASA. The mission, designated Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa)-19 , took place just over a month after Rocket Lab’s last successful orbital launch. Rocket Lab has launched a total of 24 satellites to orbit in 2018.Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off at 6:33 UTC from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula on Sunday, Dec. 16. After being launched to an elliptical orbit, Electron’s Curie engine-powered kick stage separated from the vehicle’s second stage, before circularizing to a 500 by 500 kilometer orbit at an 85 degree inclination. By 56 minutes into the mission, the 13 satellites on board were individually deployed to their designated orbits.
    This mission, awarded under a Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) Agreement, marks the first time NASA cubesats received a dedicated ride to orbit on a commercial launch vehicle. VCLS is managed by NASA’s Launch Services Program headquartered at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Rocket Lab founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Beck said that the ELaNa-19 mission represents a forward-thinking approach from NASA to acquiring launch services and recognizes the increasingly significant role small satellites are playing in exploration, technology demonstration, research and education.
    The rocket was named "This one's for Pickering" to honour Sir William (Bill) Pickering a New Zealander who headed the jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena for 22 years (1954-76).

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