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Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

A company developing rocket systems and space launch vehicles for delivering payloads into space.

Rocket Lab is a company developing rocket systems and space launch vehicles for delivering payloads into space that is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California and was founded in 2006 by Peter Beck. The company has offices and operations in Long Beach, California; Auckland, New Zealand; Mahia, New Zealand; Wallops Island, Virginia; and the Chatham Islands.

Rocket Lab's launch vehicle is called Electron and is capable of delivering nominal payloads of 150kg and can deliver payloads up to a maximum of 225kg. Electron has two rocket stages, a diameter of 1.2 meters, and a height of 17 meters.


May 2021
Rocket Lab returns to flight after failed May mission with successful launch for U.S. Space Force

Rocket Lab is back in business launching rockets, after an issue during its last launch in May caused a total loss of the payloads on board.

March 1, 2021
Rocket Lab announces it will go public through a merger with SPAC Vector Acquisition Corp.

December 15, 2020
Rocket Lab successfully launches satellite for Japanese startup Synspective.

Rocket Lab has completed its 17th mission, putting a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite on orbit for client Synspective, a Tokyo-based space startup that has raised over $100 million in funding to date.

August 19, 2019
Rocket Lab successfully launches rideshare rocket with two experimental USAF satellites on board

The Electron launched from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 12:12 AM NZST (8:12 AM ET).

June 28, 2019
Rocket Lab launches seventh Electron rocket for ‘Make It Rain’ mission.
June 2019
Rocket Lab launches rideshare rocket .
November 2018
Rocket Lab raises a $140,000,000 series E round from Bessemer Venture Partners, Future Fund, K1W1, Khosla Ventures and Promus Ventures.
March 2017
Rocket Lab raises a $75,000,000 series D round from Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, K1W1, Khosla Ventures and Promus Ventures.

Funding Rounds


Further Resources



Devin Coldewey
September 16, 2021
Building an orbital launch business from scratch is no simple matter, but what if that business is just a stepping stone to a vertically integrated, interplanetary space company? Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck will be joining us next week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (Sept 21-23) to talk about the challenge and exhilaration of pursuing his [...]
Eric Berger
September 10, 2021
Ars Technica
"I think that that's exactly the wrong message to send."
Aria Alamalhodaei
September 8, 2021
It was a busy first half of the year for U.S.-New Zealand company Rocket Lab, which posted earnings for the first six months of 2021 on Wednesday - the first such reporting since the company went public last month. Rocket Lab reported revenues for the six-month period of $29.5 million. Its order backlog also grew [...]
Aria Alamalhodaei
September 1, 2021
Peter Beck hasn't been shy about his intention to grow Rocket Lab into more than just a launch provider, but a fully vertically integrated space company that makes spacecraft in addition to sending them to orbit. The company, which he founded in 2006, has taken yet another major stride toward that goal with the news [...]
Aria Alamalhodaei
August 25, 2021
Peter Beck's earliest memory is standing outside with his father in his hometown of Invercargill, New Zealand, looking up at the stars, and being told that there could very well be people on planets orbiting those stars looking right back at him. "For a three or four year old, that was a mind-blowing thing that [...]


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