U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now reported.
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While rocket launches aren't typically thought of as "cute", watching the maiden voyage of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket is the closest we'll get to seeing the Brave Little Toaster go to space. Yesterday, the 17m carbon fibre rocket blasted off from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula and made it to the edge of space. Though Electron didn't make it into orbit, it tried its best, and that's all that counts.
Rockets are big, shiny hunks of metal that do extraordinary things -- but you'd probably never call one "cute". Kittens are cute. Quokkas? Definitely. But rockets, not so much -- except for this little guy, from New Zealand-based startup Rocket Lab. Its name is Electron, and after years of preparation, its's finally gearing up to launch as soon as next week.