Rocket Lab is a Kiwi founded space technology company providing frequent and reliable launch services for small satellites. The company builds satellites and rockets, and also operates the world's only private orbital launch site - right here in New Zealand. With several successful launches under the company's belt, Rocket Lab Founder & CEO, Peter Beck, talks about what it took to become the global leader in small satellite launch. Discover what this technology means for the space industry and how better access to space is making a difference in our everyday lives down here on Earth.
Joining the Q&A session is Dr Peter Crabtree, General Manager of Science, Innovation and International at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Currently he is responsible for science and innovation policy, international science and innovation partnerships and leadership of the New Zealand Space Agency functions. Make sure you get involved in this opportunity to ask these incredible minds your crucial questions.
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Peter Beck is the founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, an launch company revolutionizing access to space for small satellites. Peter is responsible for the birth of the space industry in New Zealand and has grown Rocket Lab to become a globally recognised industry leader in small satellite launch.
Peter led a team of engineers to develop the ĀTEA-1 rocket in 2009, a launch that saw Rocket Lab become the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space. In 2013 Peter established the Electron orbital launch programme to develop the world's first fully carbon-composite launch vehicle, powered by the world's first 3D printed, electric turbopump-fed rocket engine. Today, Rocket Lab's global team is 450-strong and the company has launched more than 20 satellites to orbit for the likes of NASA.
Peter also played an instrumental role in establishing the international treaties and legislation that enabled orbital launch capability from New Zealand. He oversaw the development of the first and only private orbital launch range on the globe, located on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula.
Dr Peter Crabtree is the General Manager Science, Innovation and International at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He currently has responsibility for science and innovation policy, international science and innovation partnerships, trade and international and leadership of the New Zealand Space Agency functions.
Prior to this role, Peter was Deputy Chief Executive, System Strategy and Policy at the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Peter has also held other senior roles across the New Zealand public service with the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Justice.
Peter has a PhD in natural resources management.