15 Dec 2023

"The Moon God Awakens": Rocket Lab celebrate successful launch

From Nights, 9:08 pm on 15 December 2023

Kiwi aerospace company Rocket Lab has successfully launched a small Earth-imaging satellite for Japanese company iQPS at 5:05pm today. The launch was performed using the company's pioneering Electron rocket, with the mission called "The Moon God Awakens", an homage to a Japanese god. This is a big day for the company, founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, with Rocket Lab's last mission in September of this year suffering a launch failure. With today's launch, that raises a total of 10 launches for Rocket Lab this year, beating its previous annual record of nine. Rocket Lab spokesperson Morgan Bailey tells Mark Leishman about the mission.