Satellite to be launched near Hawke‘s Bay

Rocket Lab has confirmed plans for its first fully commercial satellite launch from New Zealand next month.

Photo: Youtube / Rocket Lab screenshot

The Electron satellite called “It‘s Business Time” will be launched from Mahia Peninsula near Hawke‘s Bay, some time between April 20 and May 11 .

The satellite is being sent into orbit for Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said the company was producing 100 Rutherford engines this year to support a schedule of monthly satellite launches.