Rocket Lab SmallSat Update and Q&A

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Tune in to a live webcast with Rocket Lab’s CEO and founder Peter Beck to hear an update on Rocket Lab’s launch activity, reusability, and satellite programs. Plus, live Q&A with viewers.

  1. Lil oof


  2. Jerry Jiang

    Electron Heavy?

  3. isaias lucena


  4. David

    Venus- Similar size to Earth but spins in the opposite direction. 1 Venus year is equal to 225 Earth days but ‘one day’ on Venus is 117 Earth days if we look at a sunrise to sunrise. It actually takes 243 Earth days for Venus to make a true 360 degree rotation, but because it is in counter-rotation to the sun during it’s yearly orbit the ‘day’ is reduced by 126 Earth days. It has a 3 degree axis tilt and so there is little change in the seasons. The temperature on the surface is 471 degrees Celsius, slightly cooler than inside your 600 degree fireplace. Zinc and Lead metals are molten at this temperature. The thick Atmosphere is high in CO2 and has Sulphuric Acid clouds. Temperatures at around 48km above the surface are around 20-30 degrees Celsius but the atmosphere so thick you would feel like you were breathing 1.6km under water. If you want a vacation in all day sun, this is not the place, as the thick cloud cover just gives a Hazy day. You would never feel cold though. Venus is ‘Hot Stuff’ and with acidic rain and hazy days, hides behind hurricane winds that circulate the clouds at 360 km/hr. A lot of her craters are named after noteworthy women, real and mythological. It would be a wild ride to land and take-off from this planet. Like trying to land on Earth in the middle of a tropical cyclone and taking off in a thunderstorm. I think we can leave this one to the Robots of the future.

  5. WWeronko

    In that the Electron’s fuel capacity stays the same, how does improved batteries increase payload capability?

  6. Anthony Boag


  7. Brad Dugan

    R.I.P. Pickering, let it dangle until it is recovered

  8. lobsterdam2020


  9. Mr2winners

    Ask for a starlink , to stream the launch 17 !!!!

  10. Drew Brackett

    Keep up the great work!

  11. Paul Anderson

    This was awesome. As a Kiwi living in the US it’s so great to see a Kiwi company like RocketLab do what it’s doing.
    A little disappointed that we didn’t hear anything on why the last mission failed (if known yet).

  12. J Shepard

    5:35 Start here

  13. Ben M

    Power on Peter and team. Great to see you guys up and running again.

  14. Gareth Evans

    Best company in the world. Makes me proud to be a kiwi!

  15. Brad Jakubowski

    Thank you Rocket Lab for doing this and keeping us all updated. Looking forward for all to come from Rocket Lab.

  16. gasdive

    The sheep question was great. All these farmers who close roads through their land and similar… But launching a rocket, that’s fine.

    The question i wish I’d asked would have been to ask if Photon could be used to deorbit multiple space junk. With a lot of deltaV on board it should be great at that, if you can get someone to pay for it.

  17. Jerry Jiang

    Go RocketLab! Really looking forward to your future!

  18. Azwol

    The Nerdle salutes you.



  20. Devin Dykstra

    This is a huge win for team space!

  21. belfonzus

    05:34 – Stream starts
    11:13 – parachute test video
    15:18 – LC2 teaser video
    17:09 – Q&A section starts
    17:23 – Why Venus? (It’d be rude not to)
    20:02 – Increased payload capacity
    21:10 – why not a bigger rocket?
    22:05 – why rocketry?
    25:03 – LC1 pad B

    34:20 – what is capstone?
    37:35 – the most important question
    38:00 – hypercurie
    45:45 – heat shielding
    50:12 – air launching?
    52:30 – rocketsheep
    57:35 – explosions
    1:00:52 – competitors

    There’s obviously more in there – I started out strong and then realised there was gonna be too many questions to do this all the way through, so I focused on the ones that interested me the most.

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