Rocket Lab, a New Zealand Silicon Valley-funded space company, is looking for a new launch pad for its electron rocket – targeting the United States.
The world's only private orbital launcher located on the Mahia Peninsula in northwestern New Zealand has limited its selection to four areas on the east and west coasts, as well as Alaska. When it starts from Cape Canaveral, it competes with SpaceX and Blue Origin for space. On Twitter, the company said it will make its final decision in August.
We are excited to confirm that we are building a US launch site for Electron. Four spaceports are shortlisted: Cape Canaveral, Wallops Flight Facility, Pacific Spaceport Complex ̵1; Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Confirmed page will be announced in August. https://t.co/BZ7BQ0HbMg
– Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) July 10, 2018
Rocket Lab has already successfully launched two test flights of its battery-powered, in part 3D-printed, electronic rockets. A first in May 2017 and another in January 2018. However, her first commercial mission – the ridiculously named flight "It's Business Time" – was postponed in late June when she discovered a problem with the launcher's engine. He will soon be planning a new mission launch window
Or maybe after a few jobs are taken:
Join the team starting into orbit
We are looking for production managers, mechanics, mechanics, drives test engineers, Avionics fit-out technicians, process engineers and more!
Rolls over Huntington Beach, California and New Zealand. https://t.co/AnQeCH9Uva pic.twitter.com/X8KKo5eNgd
– Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) July 11, 2018