Rocket Lab successfully launched the first carrier rocket Electron

American manufacturer of aerospace Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending into orbit seven spacecraft, including six tiny satellites and a demonstrator of sail, on Board the relatively small Electron rocket, which is designed primarily for small animals and cube-Sats. Missile cost 5.7 million dollars, was launched from complex Rocket Lab in New Zealand, with nine of its main engines operating on kerosene.

A two-stage rocket with a height of over 17 meters activated his nine kerosene engines and Rutherford sped away from Launch Complex 1, private spaceport Rocket Lab on the Peninsula Mahia.

The era of private space flight has begun

Two and a half minutes of work the first stage of the Electron along the arc rushed in the direction of the South of the Peninsula, after the first stage separated and fell, and the second with a single engine “Rutherford” (which was printed on a 3D printer) — brought a valuable cargo into orbit.

As noted by CNBC, the Electron rocket designed to transport spacecraft the size of a refrigerator, realizing this is much faster than competitors like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. However, the Falcon 9 and costs much more.

The era of private space launches can be considered open — after SpaceX personally paved the way and rushed to Mars, after the company appeared, and others wishing to start an inexpensive rocket into space.

Recently, we reported that Kazakhstan refused from the services of Roskosmos for the launch of the missiles and turned to SpaceX. “Why this time the Falcon 9 because it was cheaper to launch on Falcon-9. Sum — a trade secret we can’t reveal, the us asked for”, — said the press-Secretary of the Ministry of defense and the aerospace industry of Kazakhstan Aset Nurkenov.

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