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SPACE COAST NEW ZEALAND

Space Coast New Zealand is part of the Wairoa District coastline from which space launches can be viewed. South Islander Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, chose the very tip of the Mahia peninsula as the perfect spot for the world's first and only private commercial orbital launch site: Launch Complex 1.

ROCKET LAB

Since its incorporation in 2006, Rocket Lab aims to improve life on Earth by frequently launching their Electron Rocket which has customer payloads on board. These payloads are small satellites which have become more affordable over the years. Because Rocket Lab is able to deliver frequent, tailored launch services for their customers, space is now better accessible.

WHY THE MAHIA PENINSULA?

Launch Complex 1, opened in October 2016, is the first orbital launch site in New Zealand. The remote geographic location offers a low volume of air and marine traffic and a large range of inclinations to provide services across the world. Here Rocket Lab is able to launch Electron 120 times per year.

 

PREVIOUS LAUNCHES

First Test Launch - It's a Test

On May 25 2017, Electron made history as the first orbital-class launch vehicle to reach space from a private launch facility. The launch, named It's a Test, was the first test launch of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket.

Second Test Launch - Still Testing

On January 21 2018, Rocket Lab reached orbit with the launch of the Electron vehicle and successfully deployed the company’s first commercial payloads. The flight, named Still Testing, marked a significant milestone in eliminating commercial barriers and ushering in a new era of unprecedented access to space.

It's Business Time

On November 11 2018, Rocket Lab launched seven payloads to orbit. The mission marked Rocket Lab's second successful orbital launch and deployment of customer satellites.

VIEWING A LAUNCH: IN PERSON

The Wairoa District Council has allocated a viewing area for people to safely view a launch. The area near Nuhaka is accessible via Blucks Pit Road.

It’s important to note that scrubs and postponements are likely during a launch window, so visitors should anticipate some waiting time.

VIEWING A LAUNCH: LIVESTREAM

A livestream is also available during a launch window which will go live approximately 20 minutes before a launch attempt. The link to this webcast will be posted on Rocket Lab’s Facebook and Twitter pages and will be viewable on their website and YouTube channel as well.

NEXT LAUNCH

Details about the next launch scheduled from Launch Complex 1 are yet to be announced.

For more information about Rocket Lab and their next launch, please visit their website or Facebook page.

 

Rocket viewing site at Blucks Pit

ENJOY A FAMILY DAY OUT!

With a perfect view of the Electron rocket you can enjoy a family picnic. But in the meantime, check out what it’s like to experience viewing a rocket launch from the Blucks Pit viewing area.

 

Where to find us

Physical Address: Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact us

0800 WAIROA (924762)
+64 6 838 7440
+64 6 838 3901
isitewairoa@wairoadc.govt.nz

Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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