OUR MISSION IS TO
REMOVE BARRIERS TO
COMMERCIAL SPACE

What We Do

Rocket Lab’s mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit. Since its creation in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab has delivered a range of complete rocket systems and technologies for fast and affordable payload deployment.

Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla VenturesBessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1.

We've assembled a team
of the brightest talents

Board of Directors

Peter Beck

CEO, CTO, Founder

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Sven Strohband

Khosla Ventures

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David Cowan

Bessemer Venture Partners

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Scott Smith

COO, Iridium Satellites

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Matt Ocko

Data Collective

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Rocket Lab Executive Leadership

Peter Beck

CEO, CTO, Founder

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Bradley Schneider

EVP - USA

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Shaun O'Donnell

VP - New Zealand Operations

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Shane Fleming

VP - USA Operations

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Lachlan Matchett

VP - Propulsion

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Shaun D'Mello

VP - Launch

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Rocket Lab is a privately funded company

History

Incorporation of Rocket Lab

2006

Incorporation of Rocket Lab
2009

First Private Company in Southern Hemisphere to Reach Space - ATEA 1

2009

First Private Company in Southern Hemisphere to Reach Space - ATEA 1
2006
2010

DARPA Viscous Liquid Monopropellant – Proof of Concept

2010

DARPA Viscous Liquid Monopropellant – Proof of Concept
2009
2011

Commercial Release of Instant Eyes Product

2011

Commercial Release of Instant Eyes Product
2010
2012

DARPA Viscous Liquid Monopropellant – Flight Tech Demo

2012

DARPA Viscous Liquid Monopropellant – Flight Tech Demo
2011
2013

Closed A Round of Investment for Electron Program with Khosla Ventures and K1W1

2013

Closed A Round of Investment for Electron Program with Khosla Ventures and K1W1
2012
2013

First Electric Turbo Pumped Rutherford Test Fire

2013

First Electric Turbo Pumped Rutherford Test Fire
2013
2013

Announcement of Electron Program

2013

Announcement of Electron Program
2013
2014

Closed B Round of Investment for Electron Program with Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin & K1W1

2014

Closed B Round of Investment for Electron Program with Khosla Ventures, Bessemer  Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin & K1W1
2013
2015

Public Announcement of 3D Printing and Electric Turbo Pump Technologies Driving the Rutherford Engine

2015

Public Announcement of 3D Printing and Electric Turbo Pump Technologies Driving the Rutherford Engine
2014
2015

Selection of Rocket Lab Launch Site in Mahia, New Zealand

2015

Selection of Rocket Lab Launch Site in Mahia, New Zealand
2015
2016

Qualification of Rutherford Engine and Second Stage of Electron Launch Vehicle

2016

Qualification of Rutherford Engine and Second Stage of Electron Launch Vehicle
2015
2016

Site Completion of Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1

2016

Site Completion of Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
2016
2017

Closed D Round of Investment for Electron Program led by Data Collective, with additional investors Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor. Renewed participation was also included in this round from our existing investors - Khosla Ventures, Bessemer

2017

Closed D Round of Investment for Electron Program led by Data Collective, with additional investors Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor. Renewed participation was also included in this round from our existing investors - Khosla Ventures, Bessemer
2016