The American manufacturer of aerospace technology, Rocket Lab, completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft into orbit, including six tiny satellites and a sail demonstrator, aboard a relatively small Electron rocket, mainly for small animals and cubsatas. The rocket worth $ 5.7 million was launched from the Rocket Lab complex in New Zealand, with nine of its main engines operating on kerosene.
A two-stage rocket with a height of over 17 meters activated its nine Rutherford kerosene engines and sped off from Launch Complex 1, a private rocket Lab cosmodrome on the Mahiya Peninsula.
The era of private space flight has begun.
For two and a half minutes of work, the first stage of Electron in an arc rushed in the direction of the south from the peninsula, after which the first stage separated and fell, and the second one with one Rutherford engine (which was printed on a 3D printer) put the valuable load into orbit .
As noted by CNBC, the Electron rocket is designed to transport spacecraft the size of a fridge, carrying it out much faster than competitors such as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. However, the Falcon 9 costs much more.
The era of private space launches can be considered open – after SpaceX personally laid out this path and rushed to Mars, followed by the company and others willing to launch low-cost rockets into space.
The other day we reported that Kazakhstan had refused the services of Roscosmos in launching rockets and turned to SpaceX. “Why this time Falcon-9, because it was cheaper to launch on Falcon-9. The amount is a commercial secret, we cannot disclose, the American side asked, ”said Aset Nurkenov, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan.