After several weather delays, Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket from its Mahia peninsula site on New Zealand’s South Island Thursday afternoon, as part of a series of tests.
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The 17 metre (56 feet) long Electron finally took off at 4:20 p.m. local time, marking the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world.
“It has been an incredible day and I’m immensely proud of our talented team,” Peter Beck, CEO and founder of California-based Rocket Lab, said in a statement.
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