New Zealand Herald: Lift-off at 4.20pm was the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world. by Grant Bradley
'New Zealand became the 11th country with potential to launch cargo into space, joining superpowers and tech heavyweights. The Government hailed the lift-off as a major milestone for the country's space industry.
'The rocket took three minutes to reach space with a "great" first stage burn, stage separation, second stage ignition and fairing separation.
'"We didn't quite reach orbit and we'll be investigating why, however reaching space in our first test puts us in an incredibly strong position to accelerate the commercial phase of our programme," said founder and chief executive Peter Beck.'