It’s been a week for good news in New Zealand. Well, most people see the news as good.
The first good news was the Prime Minister’s announcement a few days ago that she is expecting a child. Great news for her and her partner, as she had expected that assisted fertility treatments would have been required. Also, the news seems to have been enthusiastically welcomed by most New Zealanders – even her political opponents – on the whole. It is hard to tell if the few negative voices are die-hard anti-labour people still annoyed at the September election result. Or died in the wool misogynists who do not understand the role women play today in our society.
Today we had news of New Zealand’s first successful launch of satellites into space. The launch was carried out by Rocket Lab at their launch site in the Māhia Peninsula.
Quite exciting to follow a launch like this and hear the updates in Kiwi accents!
The Video above is a little over 30 minutes long – but, if you want to watch the actual launch, fast forward to about 18 minutes.
The rocket carried three satellite into orbit. Professor Richard Easther from Auckland University said the launch represented a “red-letter day for New Zealand:”
“To put this into perspective, we are now one of just a dozen countries to have successfully built and deployed a rocket that can put satellites into orbit.”
The other nations are either world powers such as the USA and Russia, or smaller countries “which are armed to the teeth” such as Israel and North Korea.
According to Easther – “New Zealand really stands alone with a technically advanced, commercially focused launch vehicle.”
He added it was “just the first chapter in what promises to be a fascinating story for the country and our technology and science sectors.”