Monday, 22 May 2017

New Zealand set to join the space race

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New Zealand's first attempt to launch a rocket into space has hit its first weather-related delay.
Rocket Lab, the American-New Zealand aerospace company, hopes its Electron rocket will blast off from the Mahia Penisula during a 10-day window starting on Monday.
However, high winds on the peninsula, between Napier and Gisborne, on Sunday prevented the rocket's rollout and launch preparation, the company has tweeted.
The launch has now been delayed until Tuesday.

Rocket Lab

High winds have prevented vehicle rollout and launch preparation. Launch for Monday May 22 delayed a day to Tuesday May 23 (NZST).

"After four years of planning, innovation and discovery we will soon attempt to launch a vehicle into orbit," the New Zealand-American company said on Facebook on Friday.
During the launch window postponements are expected as optimal conditions are required to proceed to launch, the company said.

NZN / Newshub.

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