10 Dec 2017

Countdown to Rocket Lab's next test flight

3:32 pm on 10 December 2017

A New Zealand company is hoping to launch a 17-metre-long rocket from Māhia Peninsula for the second time, tomorrow afternoon.

Rocket Lab's first test flight in May 2017.

Rocket Lab's first test flight, in May, made it to space but failed to achieve orbit. Photo: Supplied / Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab opened the 10-day launching window on Friday but high winds have so far stopped the launch.

It is the second of three test flights as the company prepares to become a commercial operation.

People could watch the launch via a live stream on Rocket Lab's Facebook page or on YouTube.

Founder Peter Beck said he was optimistic about sending paying customers into space soon and said a space for a satellite on board the rocket would cost about $10 million.

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