A commercial rocket carrying seven satellites was “lost” after it took off on Sunday from a New Zealand launch pad , admitted the director of the responsible firm, Rocket Lab . “We missed the flight when we were well advanced on the mission,” tweeted Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab . “I am very sorry that today we were unable to deliver our customers’ satellites. Rest assured that we will find the problem, correct it and return to the platform soon,” he said.
Rocket Lab introduces itself as a US company based in a wholly New Zealand subsidiary and specializes in delivering small satellites in low Earth orbit. Its sponsors include US companies Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin, Promus Ventures, and Data Collective. The mission, which was the 13th launch of the company’s payload, had been christened “Show the photos, or it didn’t happen.”
In a statement on its website, the Rocket Lab company said it had experienced an “anomaly” four minutes after the flight and was working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States to identify the cause.The rocket was carrying satellites for the companies Spaceflight, Canon Electronics, Planet and In-Space Missions, Beck said.