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Rocket Lab's private launch site, the first of its kind in the world, is "good to go".

On Tuesday the company said it had completed the world's first private orbital launch site on Mahia Peninsula, which is on the East Coast south of Gisborne.

The launch range, which was licensed to launch every 72 hours for the next 30 years, would mean the country would soon become the nation with the highest frequency of space launches anywhere in the world.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck says the company's launch site opening is one milestone of many.
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Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck says the company's launch site opening is one milestone of many.

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Knew of the existence of the site of course. It was going to be at Birding's flat but they moved it.

The fact that it's ready for launch is news to me though.

Thanks Martin. Had never heard of it myself. A friend's alerted me to it and wondered what the non-mainstream take on it was. Particularly about the land they acquired for it. I'm very curious, as is my friend. Nothing particularly is being said about its purpose.

the same birdlings flat that had the haarp equipment

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Yep catio

Rocket Lab chief commits to protect environment

John Key and Rocket Lab chief executive, Peter Beck, at the proposed site for new launch pad.

2 Jul 2015 Rocket Lab chief commits to protect environment 5:40 pm on 2 July 2015 Share this Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via email Share on Google Plus Share on Reddit Share on Linked In Sally Murphy Sally Murphy Auckland Reporter sally.murphy@radionz.co.nz The company proposing a rocket launch pad on Canterbury's coast says it is committed to protecting the environment. Rocket Lab's proposed site on Kaitorete Spit was officially unveiled this morning in front of Prime Minister John Key and representatives from the Department of Conservation. John Key and Rocket Lab chief executive, Peter Beck, at the proposed site for new launch pad.John Key and Rocket Lab chief executive, Peter Beck, at the proposed site for new launch pad. Photo: RNZ / Sally Murphy Rocket Lab's chief executive, Peter Beck, said the company is all about reducing the cost of reaching space. "New Zealand is not known for space, but we became the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to launch a rocket into space." He told those gathered for the unveiling that the firm is committed to protecting the environment around Kaitorete Spit. "I acknowledge the spit is special from a ecological stand-point and a cultural stand-point, so we want to be excellent tenants on the land." He says the spit location was chosen as there is little air or maritime traffic to disrupt launches. "It's not the first time rockets have been launched from the spit - Nasa came down here in 1963 and the University of Canterbury still launch here." The Prime Minister, who had a look around the proposed site, said Rocket Lab was filling a niche in the market, which was very significant. "This is a long way away from a pipe-dream, when consent is signed off we will be launching a lot of rockets here," he said. "This will provide huge opportunities for jobs and will put New Zealand on the space map." Rocket Lab has applied for consents from the Canterbury Regional Council and the Christchurch City Council to build the launch pad. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/277760/rocket-lab-chief-comm...

Since posting this the link has gone and there's no sign of it at the source, Radionz

Second try it is there again.

Rocket Lab’s mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit. Since its creation in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab has delivered a range of complete rocket systems and technologies for fast and affordable payload deployment. Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures,Bessemer Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin and K1W1.

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/about-us/

Wouldn't be surprised if not connected to all  the activity and visits by high profile people talked about in the Antarctic.

We managed to get to the tailend of this year's Waihopai base protest and chatted to a chap not connected to the group at a DoC campsite.  Many years ago he had to fix a photocopier and said it was the worst 45 mins. of his life. At the base he had someone at his side continuously all wearing holsters, cameras everywhere, swipe cards for every door and guarded even when he had to take a toilet stop.  Said he couldn't get out of there quick enough.  He also said the satellites at the base were "babies" compared to the half dozen in the North of Japan which were painted green to camouflage..

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Thanks Alan for that info. These were my thoughts precisely. Seems more to it than meets the (nice private company) eye. John Key, Lockheed Martin, say no more.

These are all the links a friend found who is researching the whole thing. Could smell a rat with it. Sadly, local Maori sold them land up in Mahia, dazzled by the 'importance' of the whole thing and the usual promise of jobs. You'd see in the vid I've posted there. 

??!! what the...

This is from a FBer who lives in Gisborne: 

"....nothing has been mentioned about Mahia rocket lab site. yep a few things in gisborne herald, but nothing solid! ... also here looking out to the east from the beach we usually can see mahia peninsula but like the past 4 months definitely (maybe longer) i havent been able to see it at all, there is always a thick smoggy layer sitting on the horizon.. direct effect from rockets or trying to hide something is my theory.. or straight out poisoning us.. sorry am real observant! looks like everything is dying too... 

Sounds like Kaikoura.

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