New Zealand's Rocket Lab fails to launchStaff Writer | December 13, 2017
A space launch was scrubbed from a remote launch site in New Zealand after an engine glitch caused engineers to abort the flight.
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In a tweet, Rocket Lab said the launch of the rocket nicknamed "'Still Testing' (was) scrubbed for the day while team reviews data."
It said in a statement that the weather was not expected to be favorable for a launch on Wednesday, so a new launch would be attempted "no earlier than" Thursday afternoon.
The 17-meter (56-foot) rocket had three satellites on board for Tuesday's launch, each about the size of a shoebox.
Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, the company last May reached space with its first test launch, only to abort the mission when a communication glitch occurred.
Rocket Lab has official approval to conduct three test launches and sees an emerging market in delivering lots of small devices, some not much bigger than a smartphone, into low Earth orbit. ■