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Rocket Lab Opens New Zealand Facility to Manufacture Electron Rocket

By | October 12, 2018
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Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Photo: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab unveiled a new production facility in Auckland, New Zealand, that is designed for rapid, mass production of the Electron rocket. Adding to Rocket Lab’s existing production facility and headquarters in Huntington Beach, California, the new facility brings Rocket Lab’s manufacturing footprint to more than 4.5 acres and enables the company to build an Electron rocket every week.

The new facility was officially opened on Oct 12. “Every detail of the Rocket Lab launch system has been designed to provide small satellites with rapid and reliable access to space. This requires the ability to manufacture launch vehicles at an unprecedented rate, so we’ve expanded our global production capability to build and launch an Electron rocket to orbit every week,” Rocket Lab Chief Executive Peter Beck said in the release.

Electron launch vehicles undergo final assembly at the new Auckland facility, where all parts go through a process for testing and integration into the rocket before launch from Rocket Lab’s private orbital launch pad, Launch Complex 1, on the Māhia Peninsula. All Electron launches, will be commanded from the new Mission Control at the Auckland facility. This Mission Control will serve launches from Launch Complex 1 in Māhia, as well as Rocket Lab’s U.S. launch site, which is currently undergoing final selection. The new production facility will house more than 200 of Rocket Lab’s growing team of 330 people.