Frequently Asked


  • General


Where is Rocket Lab based?

Rocket Lab is an American company with headquarters in Los Angeles and a wholly-owned New Zealand subsidiary.

Who are Rocket Lab's customers?

Rocket Lab's customers include large traditional players, like NASA, and newer companies, like Moon Express, Spire and Planet. Generally, our customers are looking to conduct scientific research, collect weather and maritime data and provide internet, positioning (GPS) and earth imaging services from space.

What types of satellites are launched on an Electron rocket?

The small satellites launched on an Electron rocket are used for a wide variety of imaging and communications technology. These satellites provide services including optimized crop monitoring, improved weather reporting, Internet from space, natural disaster prediction, up-to-date maritime data and search and rescue services.

How can I book a launch?

Rideshare missions - you are welcome to use our online booking tool or contact us directly.

Dedicated missions - please contact Rocket Lab directly. We will assign you a mission manager to work through your requirements.

Can I invest in Rocket Lab?

Rocket Lab is a privately held company and is not publicly traded.

Can I visit any Rocket Lab facilities?

Due to ongoing testing within our facilities we are unable to host members of the public for tours.

Members of the public are not permitted to visit the Launch Complex on a casual basis. Access to the Launch Complex is via a private road. As the site is operational and there are safety hazards present, Rocket Lab takes any instances of trespass seriously.

Can I view a launch?

Due to the likelihood of postponed or 'scrubbed' launches during the test phase, Rocket Lab recommends viewing a launch in the commercial phase - we value your time and wouldn’t want to keep you waiting.

During a launch, safety requirements mean some areas at the end of the Mahia Peninsula will be closed to the public. There will be minimum safe distances for vessels and aircraft also. These will be published prior to any launch.

What time of day will launches occur?

Rocket launch times will be determined by several factors including customer orbit requirements, weather and space traffic conditions. Within these requirements, Rocket Lab will target times chosen to minimize disruption to those living and working near the launch site.

I would like to start a launch related tourism business. Can Rocket Lab assist me?

Rocket Lab is focused on being a launch service provider. We do not endorse any specific tourism providers.

What is the environmental impact of Rocket Lab's operations?

Rocket Lab was founded on the principle of continuously improving our immediate and global environment. As a company, one of our primary goals is to see space used to better understand and manage our planet. Many of our customers are looking to use satellite technologies for environmental monitoring of sea levels, deforestation and climate change. The insights provided by this satellite information have the power to inform choices in resource management and environmental initiatives.
Rocket Lab has taken a number of environmental initiatives:

Renewable Energy
• Where possible, Rocket Lab uses renewable energy. Rocket Lab’s facilities utilize solar power.

Fuel Savings
• Electron is optimized for small payloads, leading to great advances in fuel efficiency. The type of kerosene used is exceptionally refined and the rocket exhaust is cleaner than that from a commercial aircraft or family car.
• In less than a minute and a half, the rocket climbs to over 16km from the launch site – well above the cruise altitude of an A380 airliner. By the time it reaches orbit it will have used only 5000 L of fuel, less than a flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco, despite having flown over 1100km and reaching a speed of 27 000 km/h.

Sustainable Technologies
• Not only will Rocket Lab be an enabler for technologies such as comprehensive climate modelling; our progress in battery technology will serve a crucial role in future energy markets (solar storage, electric cars etc.).

Is Rocket Lab concerned about space debris?

Rocket Lab is committed to sustainable ways of developing space based infrastructure. We continually take initiatives and investigate ways of optimizing, reusing and recovering our technologies to minimize any impact resulting from our operations.

Rocket Lab plans to launch small satellites which will re-enter the atmosphere and burn-up within approximately five to seven years, naturally preventing the accumulation of space debris. This is in contrast to the large satellites currently in service which typically orbit in a geosynchronous orbit for 15 to 20 years. At the end of their life, these satellites run out of propellant and remain in space for many thousands of years. The more sustainable nature of small satellites is one of the many reasons Rocket Lab has chosen to serve this market.

Can I work for Rocket Lab?

Rocket Lab is hiring in both New Zealand and Los Angeles for a variety of roles. See our Careers page for open positions.