Rocket Lab tests second stage engine

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The competition heats up: Rocket Lab has successfully tested the second stage engine of its Electron rocket.

They are aiming for their first commercial launch in 2017.



  • D K Rögnvald Williams

    First I’ve heard of this company. If the 3D printed components work, they may be cost competitive in the small satellite market.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Informative article, but it’s on a 3-D printing web site rather than a space web site. I expect that explains the one howler in the piece about the 2nd stage Rutherford engine weighing 23,000 kg. Looking at the Rocket Lab website, I see that the 2nd stage engine is said to have a thrust of 22 kN. Oopsie!

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