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En­gi­neers work­ing with the Elec­tron rocket at the launch site on the Mahia penin­sula in the North Is­land of New Zealand. New Zealand has never had a space pro­gramme, but could soon be launch­ing com­mer­cial rock­ets more of­ten than the United States if the plans of Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany Rocket Lab work out. Founded by New Zealan­der Peter Beck, the com­pany was last week given ap­proval by the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity to con­duct three test launches from a re­mote penin­sula, and the first could come as early to­day.

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