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New Zealand To Launch First Private Space Rocket

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the hobbits-in-space dept.

Businesses 96

RobGoldsmith sends in a Space Fellowship piece (which seems to be a press release) about New Zealand's entry into the space age. "Private New Zealand aerospace company Rocket Lab completed its final ground-based test today and is now ready to launch New Zealand into the space race with its Atea-1 launch vehicle. The first high-altitude launch of Atea-1 is scheduled for the end of November this year. Once Atea-1 has successfully concluded the development phase it will be the first privately built rocket launched from the Southern Hemisphere to enter space. The article features a new CGI movie on the launch."

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96 comments

And more! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127250)

Not only have they almost launched a rocket, but they have apparently made it almost to 1985 CGI technology!

Its a sounding rocket (1, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127264)

They fire them from Woomera (ie, in the southern hemisphere) all the time.

Re:Its a sounding rocket (1)

nietsch (112711) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128528)

Indeed it is. They had to make up some exotic conditions to claim their first. They probably think it is better because it is from New Zealand. Nationalism is an illnes everyone can succumb to, it seems.

Re:Its a sounding rocket (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30128984)

Yeah Britain used to launh rockets from woomera. Probably the aussi government did too. No private rockets tho.

New Zealand is definately a separate country from aussi, and there is a lot of sporting rivalry. (we beat them at rugby union generally, and they beat us at rugby league. We even beat them at cricket when Sir Richard Hadlee was still playing.

And NZ bred horses win the Melbourne Cup ..

Re:Its a sounding rocket (1)

Meski (774546) | more than 4 years ago | (#30139488)

Yeah Britain used to launh rockets from woomera. Probably the aussi government did too. No private rockets tho.

New Zealand is definately a separate country from aussi, and there is a lot of sporting rivalry. (we beat them at rugby union generally, and they beat us at rugby league. We even beat them at cricket when Sir Richard Hadlee was still playing.

And NZ bred horses win the Melbourne Cup ..

We let you win (condescending smirk)

http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~woomera/history.htm [powerup.com.au]
Would the Japanese launch in 96 count as private?
Damn, that's an ugly website.

Re:Its a sounding rocket (1)

Max Littlemore (1001285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30139746)

Nationalism is an illnes everyone can succumb to, it seems.

It certainly is.

I must say though, as an Australian, a successful launch would provide a perfect demonstration of the ingenuity of Aussie engineers.

A failed mission will of course make New Zealand a laughing stock.

Again.

Re:Its a sounding rocket (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 4 years ago | (#30132722)

Yeah, and it goes to half the altitude of an 1947 vintage Aerobee and carries one thirtieth of the payload. It only took 15 years to develop compared to less than two years for the Aerobee. (But that sort of time frame seems to be the direction the world is progressing on all projects.)

Maybe there's some impressive stats that I'm missing?

Re:Its a sounding rocket (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30136362)

Maybe there's some impressive stats that I'm missing?

Yes, this rocket wasn't developed with practically unlimited funding by an arm of a massive military power for the express aim finding new ways to annihilate as many people as possible.

Small distinction I know, but it explains why they are so far behind.

Re:Its a sounding rocket (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 4 years ago | (#30138792)

I know of no weapons system based upon the Aerobee, nor do I think Aerojet was give unlimited funding to develop it.

Maybe not the first private rocket (4, Funny)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127330)

I recall from an interview from the tv program 'Real People' with a fellow who had built a passenger rocket out of spare government parts. It was a torpedo-like tube with a very small window. There was passenger space for a lean person and a parachute.

I don't recall if it had been test fired. It was also unclear how high it would go. What I do remember well was when the builder was asked if he would fly in it, the answer was along the lines of "hell no".

Re:Maybe not the first private rocket (2, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128324)

If Andy Griffith could build the Salvage-1 [wikipedia.org] , then anyone could do it.

Rocket Lab to launch... (3, Insightful)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127396)

If it's truly private, Rocket Lab should get all credit, not New Zealand.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (2, Informative)

marc_the_kiwi (1680284) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127852)

If it's truly private, Rocket Lab should get all credit, not New Zealand.

If you were a born and bred New Zealander as I am you would realise that the people behind this are the same. Ask anyone from NZ what they are, and I guarantee you they're a kiwi ahead of all other things.
Reading the article it is quite clearly a kiwi invention. It is being tested with the help of Air New Zealand (partly government owned), it focuses on creating environmental aspects of their design (I can't think of anything more kiwiana) and imho embodies the 'No 8 wire' attitude.
(for those who don't know, No 8 wire is an icon in NZ. A flexible wire used on the farm to fix just about anything).

Many many things can be attributed to New Zealanders and their ingenuity, despite it being one of the youngest countries in the world.
1884 Air Tight Tin Lid - John Eustace
An air tight tin lid with a lip. Although others copied the idea, he was making 100 tonnes of tin cans a year in the 1920s.
1982 Baeyertz Tape - Dr John Baeyertz
Use for accurately estimating birth dates, still used world-wide today.
1988 Bungy - AJ Hackett
The world's first commercial bungy site was opened in 1988. In June 1987 AJ bungy jumped illegally from the Eiffel Tower.
1956 Disposable Hypodermic Syringe - Colin Murdoch
A disposable, pre-filled syringe.
1900 Eggbeater - Ernest Godward
An egg-beater that could prepare eggs for a sponge cake in three and a half minutes, previously it took 15
1944 Jogging - Arthur Lydiard
A training technique that saw his two protégés Peter Snell and Murray Halberg win gold medals on the same day at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
1953 Propellerless Jet Boat - William Hamilton
The world's first propellerless jet boat
1901 Spiral Hair Pin - Ernest Godward
This was a predecessor of the hair clip.
1919 Split the Atom - Sir Ernest Rutherford
The first in the world to in 1919. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for his efforts in radioactivity.
1970s Spreadable Butter - New Zealand Dairy Research Institute
After years of development, the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute released the worlds first spreadable butter in 1991, which was then made by New Zealand dairy co-operatives and now by Fonterra.
1950s Tranquilliser Gun - Colin Murdoch
A tranquilliser gun, also called a capture gun or dart gun, is a non-lethal gun which shoots tranquilliser darts filled with tranquilliser that, when injected, make the target animal sleep.
1972 Tullen Snips - John Hough
Scissors which could cut items as tough as one cent coins and by the 1980s more than 20 million had been made.
1884 Whistle in Sport - William Atack
The world's first referee to use a whistle to stop a game of sport.
1994 Zorb - Dwayne van der Sluis and Andrew Akers
Created the world's first Zorb, a unique adventure activity involving a giant plastic ball, a slope and speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour.

You forgot... (1, Funny)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127980)

...velcro gloves.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30128068)

You forgot Colin McKenzie, "the first and greatest innovator of modern cinema" as it says in wikipedia. He invented among other things sound and color film.

Richard Pearse, the inventor of powered aircraft should also be noted.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128406)

If Peter Jackson were here, he would kiss you, sir.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30129042)

You forgot Colin McKenzie, "the first and greatest innovator of modern cinema" as it says in wikipedia. He invented among other things sound and color film.

Dude, I invented sound a long long time ago

God

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128356)

In all fairness, the world had jogging long before 1944. They just called it "slow running."

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30128468)

Wasn't NZ actually British Colony (1840 to 1946) during many of these inventions. So the British invented those thing in their NZ Colony. I don't think the Queen would approve of splitting atoms in London when you only have sheep in NZ. I am glad it went well though, New Zeeland is a beautiful place. I hear it looks a lot like Middle Earth.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128920)

Wasn't NZ actually British Colony (1840 to 1946)

NZ was a British Colony only between 1840 and 1907 (from 1853 it was a self-governing colony).

I don't think the Queen would approve of splitting atoms in London

Victoria died while Rutherford was still in the early stages of developing his theories about transmutation of elements at McGill University, but apparently the King didn't really care what might happen to Manchester either.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

ondigo (1323273) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128790)

Whenever I contemplate emigrating from the US, New Zealand is always at the top of my list. This is just another good reason to bolster that choice.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 4 years ago | (#30139914)

Why not visit in the meantime? NZ is a beautiful place. I do warn Americans that you MIGHT be giving up MAJOR parts of your life, like "krispy kreme donuts"....surely that outweighs living in a Nuclear Free, Non Waring country? :( :P

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30128806)

What the hell are you talking about? These Rocket Lab guys did something cool by taking initiative and working hard. You didn't. That's how much "the same" you are. If you want part in their credit, get off your ass and accomplish something. This other nationalist BS is not going to earn you anything, nationalist fuckface.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128958)

despite it being one of the youngest countries in the world.

A quick look at a 19th century map of the world might show otherwise.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

Hybrid-brain (1478551) | more than 4 years ago | (#30130442)

I was in Nz in May and visited both the A.J. Hacket place and the Zorb place out of Rotorura. two awesome experiences. lots of videos and photos. I miss the place, it's one of the places that I would go back to and visit, possibly even live there. I love Queenstown, very New York style place.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30132342)

I love Queenstown, very New York style place.

Now you know why most New Zealanders don't like Queenstown.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30136744)

I did migrate from the US to NZ, and it is a lovely place. But to label ANYTHING in NZ as like New York would get you ridden out of the country on a rail, I think. Ugh, what a nasty thought. Queenstown is only about 12000-15000 people (permanent population, swelling to ~50000 in tourist season), so New York it is not. More like Tokyo if you look at the faces. But to give Queenstown some credit, it is the only place in NZ where I have been able to buy my favorite beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#30139296)

  Out of sheer curiosity (really *g*) just how hard is it to move from the US to NZ?

  I'm not rich by any means, but I do have several good skillsets, know how to work hard and have moved and started a new life a couple times...

  Reason? Well, I could say that I'm sick to death of the bullshit here in the US. That would be true. But mostly, I'm just ready for something different... I'm an independent sort, and am finding life here rather stifling.

SB

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 4 years ago | (#30139930)

Why not visit NZ first? Im a native, but dont work in a technical proffession, I dont know if you could find the same kind of engineering jobs etc. A lot of NZ science etc probably revolves around animal agriculture (not GE though!). I wouldnt know, I'm vegan.

Im sure you'd enjoy a holiday here, I'd recommend visiting "a big city" such as Auckland (our largest city by far at over 1 million), as well as rural parts of NZ. I live in Invercargill, right down the bottom, our claim to fame is "the southernmost Mcdonalds in the world" :)

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#30140310)

  I'd love to visit, but my resources are pretty limited right now. If I were to move it'd take everything I can earn in six months. The job market here sucks, I'm struggling harder than I have in 20 years.

  I'm not an engineer (I know, it's slashdot :) ) but a middle-aged jack of all trades geek. Fix everything from toilets to windows viruses to air tools to sharpening saw blades to lots more... still learning at 42 and not gonna stop :) living old skool.

  I'm actually more interested in small towns, not much of a big city boy. The people are better, in my exp.

  Don't recall the last time I ate at a McDonalds. Cooked for myself for a couple decades, eating out for me is fancy Italian for the fun with a lady :)

Pretty much a veg myself nowadays, meat is too expensive and wreaks havoc with my gut (getting older thing, there) plus just plain cheaper in farming country, I freeze and can stuff where I can.

  Thanks tho, all input is welcome, I won't set the killer delete bit *g*

SB

 

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 4 years ago | (#30140360)

You could always learn as much as you possibly can about NZ, so it FEELS like you're on a holiday here? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invercargill [wikipedia.org] is where I live, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiordland [wikipedia.org] is a wonderful place to visit, filmed in Lord of the Rings etc, it has the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manapouri_Power_Station [wikipedia.org] which is very interesting for geeks. From the outside, barely anything can be seen, inside, the walls are all rock and dripping with lime deposits etc, truly a cave! best wishes to you.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#30140468)

  Thanks for the links, I'll look when I find time. Working all the time right now :(

  May I ask why you're "advertising"?

  (I'm becoming an old curmudgeon, y'see, cynical and full of doubt)
  (Counter: Come visit the Black Hills sometime)

SB

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 4 years ago | (#30140504)

oh, see, every tourist who comes, gets their soul removed. For every soul I bring into the evil NZ governments employ, I get a new car.

Just heard you like NZ, I love my country, and wanted to help give you some starting points.

Best wishes

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#30140628)

  I'm looking for somewhere where I can come and work hard, like I am now, and it matters to the people living there.

  Somewhere where dreams are alive. Where I can talk about space travel in a bar and people don't dismiss it because they are more interested in the latest sports scores.

  Not bloody likely there's anywhere like that on this planet.

SB

 

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30160876)

I am pretty sure that NZ is not the place you are looking for, given this description. The norm in NZ is extreme interest in sports. In most bars you would have to put up with the ever-present TV showing the sports event of the day with most folks paying rapt attention.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30161078)

Don't even think about moving to NZ until you have visited, and more than once. Each visit should be minimum 3 weeks, else you will not see enough different aspects of the country.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30161308)

How hard is it to make the move? I would point you to http://www.immigration.govt.nz/ [immigration.govt.nz] where you can find out a lot about the process. That site has all the rules, all the forms you need, and lots of information.

I retired and moved here, which is not easy to do for most folks unless they have buckets of money (I don't). I happen to be married to a NZ citizen and was able to ride in on her coattails. Being retired, I have not personally dipped my toe into the job market here. There are lists of "needed" skills which the government keeps, and you will need to fit one or more of those to get residence.

The worldwide recession has bit NZ, too, though apparently not as bad as the US. The job market is very tight now. The newspapers report signs of recovery, but it is slow. On a brighter note, housing is cheaper than it has been in several years and mortgage rates are lower right now.

New Zealanders! Don't touch 'em! (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30134660)

If it's truly private, Rocket Lab should get all credit, not New Zealand.

If you were a born and bred New Zealander as I am you would realise that the people behind this are the same. Ask anyone from NZ what they are, and I guarantee you they're a kiwi ahead of all other things.

New Zealanders are all un-hygienic!

Re:New Zealanders! Don't touch 'em! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30152302)

troll alert

Re:New Zealanders! Don't touch 'em! (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30158980)

troll alert

You didn't get the reference, apparently... That's OK. I enjoy spouting off references to TV shows and such but it's childish to act as if everyone simply must recognize the same set of pop culture references...

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

Maelwryth (982896) | more than 4 years ago | (#30140946)

You forgot;
"William Hayward Pickering ONZ KBE (24 December 1910 — 15 March 2004) was a New Zealand born rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was a senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space."*

I emailed Rocket Labs for a better time table as I should be able to get a good view of the launch, and they said;

"Thank you for your interest.

We have a media contingent going and one of them may be doing something,
but we have no plans at this stage to provide live updates.

If the weather is good, it'll likely be between 6am and 7am Monday 30th."


*quoted from Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (3, Interesting)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127904)

I've seen some pretty amazing engineering coming out of our NZ neighbors. They remind me of the Swiss more than anyone else. Amazing motorcycles, Stirling-cycle heat pumps, custom cars, all good stuff and very advanced. It would not surprise me in the least if they succeeded in a private space venture.

Add good engineering to the amazing amount of high quality educational material available online (the full University syllabus material out there) and I can imagine little pockets of excellent engineering and sound science popping up all over the globe.

Give the Internet some credit for this too.

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (1)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127968)

I've seen some pretty amazing engineering coming out of our NZ neighbors. They remind me of the Swiss more than anyone else.

Quite. A lot of small countries gave birth to wondrous inventions.

1970s Spreadable Butter - New Zealand Dairy Research Institute
After years of development, the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute released the worlds first spreadable butter in 1991, which was then made by New Zealand dairy co-operatives and now by Fonterra.

Although a number of the examples given by the resident Kiwi are a bit strange, to say the least...
("The world's first referee to use a whistle to stop a game of sport." um, ok.)

Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (3, Insightful)

TorKlingberg (599697) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127940)

A country is not just its government.

Forgotten Silver? (0, Troll)

ninjanissan (1612103) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127398)

After seeing Peter Jackson's mockumentary Forgotten Silver, I'm naturally very sceptical at anything coming from New Zealand:)

Re:Forgotten Silver? (0, Troll)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127414)

My Image of the New Zealand space program is a group drunk of sheep farmers trying to hit the moon with a tin can catapulted by a pair of braces tied to a forked tree.

Re:Forgotten Silver? (0, Troll)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127440)

Since they seem to want to launch from the southern tip of south island I wonder how long they will have to wait for the wind to die down. Two, three years?

Great Mercury Island (2, Informative)

FlightlessParrot (1217192) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127536)

Great Mercury Island is actually off the East Coast of the North Island, about the same latitude as Auckland. I expect they've designed it so it will work in the rain.

Re:Forgotten Silver? (1)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30136850)

The video did indicate the launch site would be very far south on the South Island. There is certainly a lot of empty land down there which could be used. I just wonder how many years it would take to get the necessary building and operating consents from the local council(s).

Re:Forgotten Silver? (-1, Offtopic)

HBoar (1642149) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127586)

You've got it almost right -- but the sheep farmers had to convert to dairy farming to raise enough capital for all the beer required. Obviously your inside information is a few years out of date.

Re:Forgotten Silver? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127720)

My Image of the New Zealand space program is a group drunk of sheep farmers trying to hit the moon with a tin can catapulted by a pair of braces tied to a forked tree.

and wearing jandals

Manned "amateur" space flight in Denmark (2, Interesting)

JesVestervang (872086) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127416)

Here in Denmark, we have some guys working on a manned space flight: http://www.copenhagensuborbitals.com/ [copenhagen...bitals.com] "Our mission is very simple. We are working towards launching a human being into space. This is a non-profit suborbital space endeavor lead by Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen, based entirely on sponsors and volunteers." Their progress is impressive!

Re:Manned "amateur" space flight in Denmark (-1, Troll)

I cant believe its n (1103137) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127618)

"Our mission is very simple. We are working towards launching a human being into space."

So am i.

I'd say that Sten Tolgfors [wikipedia.org] is the human being to be launched first. He argued that having the state listen in on the entire populations electronic communications, was vital to the safety of Swedens military personel in Afghanistan. He did however not think that we should send APC's to protect our soldiers against IED's.

My argument is that having the current minister of defense in space is vital to the safety of our troops.

Any other suggestions? Please motivate why your candidate should be selected.

I cant believe its n... what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127734)

you name fai|s i7

I can't believe its not jizz!

FTFY

Translate for me... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127424)

Is that a Ruckit or Rickut? It'll be Beached Az [abc.net.au] , Eh?

No! (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127432)

Beans are not animals! They are fish! And they are caused by Republicans passing gas!

Too many qualifications (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127446)

The first! err, privately launched... um, from the southern hemisphere.... err, and it hasn't actually happened too.

Let us know when you have done it.

They gave up? (1, Troll)

d4nowar (941785) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127454)

So they gave up on their toothbrush fence?

Re:They gave up? (0, Troll)

buttle2000 (1041826) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127552)

all 50 toothbrushes

Re:They gave up? (0, Troll)

ArbiterShadow (1222388) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127554)

No, we've got over 50 toothbrushes now.

Imagine that! A whole fence made out of toothbrushes!

Screw cynicism this is cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127520)

Just saying, this is REALLY COOL! Good luck and best wishes

Whats it powered by? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127532)

New Zealand going into space... what is the rocket fuel made from? sheep methane lol

Bad idea? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30127584)

But they are on the bottom of the planet - won't they be firing the wrong way?

Re:Bad idea? (4, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127988)

But they are on the bottom of the planet - won't they be firing the wrong way?

Of course not, it's a huge advantage, they just have to drop the rocket. They'll save loads of fuel.

My connection to Rocket Lab (1)

twosat (1414337) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127654)

When I read this I remembered reading somewhere that this company was involved with internet entrepreneur Mark Rocket. I googled him and sure enough he is mentioned as a co-founder of Rocket Lab. Some years ago he was our neighbour and rented a house from my parents. I know that he did not have much money back then, but now he is a multi-millionaire. Mr Rocket, who changed his name from Stevens, was the first New Zealander to book a seat on Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital space flight in 2010. It's now approaching 1:00am but I thought it was nice to know that he has made a success of his life in the internet industry. I wish him and the company all the best in their endeavours.

[OT] WTF happened to /.? (-1, Offtopic)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127716)

Did they sell it?
This interface has deteriorated to the point I can't figure out how to make a journal entry.
http://slashdot.org/my/inbox [slashdot.org] still gets a sensible message presentation, but the journal feature is gone, AFAICT.
Clearly I'm missing something, but that something seems like it should be less subtle.

Re:[OT] WTF happened to /.? (-1, Offtopic)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127746)

smitty, do you get a little tab at the bottom of the screen that says "Write in Journal" ?

I do, but not all the time.

Re:[OT] WTF happened to /.? (-1, Offtopic)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127842)

No. Perhaps they want to limit JEs to people frequenting the site.
Not a bad idea, if true, but less than well articulated.

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Those New Zealanders... (2, Funny)

Chuq (8564) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127800)

Let them into the World Cup and next thing you know they think they can join the space race!

Launched as (5, Funny)

kevingolding2001 (590321) | more than 4 years ago | (#30127814)

Rocket: Oh Noo, Oh Noo, I'm launched Broo. I'm launched es.
Satellite: Hey Broo, Hey Broo, what are you doing broo?
Rocket: Dude, I'm launched es.
Satellite: Ah Haw Shit. Your launched es!
Rocket: Tell me something I doo'nt noo.
Satellite:.... Broo, you're heaps launched es!
Rocket: Soo launched. Launched es.

Re:Launched as (4, Funny)

AGMW (594303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128202)

Unfortunately they've re-used existing Kiwi tech, so rather than a capsule to hold the pilot they just attach him to the bottom of the rocket with a bungee cord.
The rocket should get about half-way before the cord is tight enough to lift the pilot which has an added benefit, safety-wise, as any problems during the launch and they can just cut the cord!

Re:Launched as (1)

pinkstuff (758732) | more than 4 years ago | (#30130246)

In case you don't know what parent is on about: Beached As [youtube.com] . Warning, Kiwi and Australian humour.

Re:Launched as (1)

MrKaos (858439) | more than 4 years ago | (#30142610)

Satellite:.... Broo, you're heaps launched es!

Rocket: Soo launched. Launched es.....

Satellite:cherhh Broo...

xena connection (2, Interesting)

hort_wort (1401963) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128066)

New Zealand is where Xena was filmed. The new planetoid recently discovered was also named Xena. Coincidence? I think not.

Re:xena connection (4, Informative)

confused one (671304) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128184)

The dwarf planet you refer to is officially named Eris.

Re:xena connection (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 4 years ago | (#30132460)

That name was chosen to make it a top destination for a manned mission. I can see the mission decal now.... "To Eris, Human!"

Re:xena connection (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30134754)

That name was chosen to make it a top destination for a manned mission. I can see the mission decal now.... "To Eris, Human!"

It sounds more like a slave colony the aliens will ship humans off to in order to mine their precious... um... whatever it is they have on Eris...

Re:xena connection (1)

nickrout (686054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30133846)

The company is called Rocket Lab Ltd. It makes rockets. One shareholder/director is called Mark Rocket. http://coys.co.nz/company/?no=1835428 [coys.co.nz] Coincidence? I think not!

Bowie's In Space (2, Interesting)

skyriser2 (179031) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128366)

Hopefully it will look something like this...

Flight of the Conchords, Bowie's In Space:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zV4pJ8MwM [youtube.com]

You like Boom, I like Boom! (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30134770)

Hopefully it will look something like this...

Flight of the Conchords, Bowie's In Space:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zV4pJ8MwM [youtube.com]

Or like a rocket takin' off to the moon!

Flight of the Conchords, indeed (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30128450)

We should have never given these people the technology to make movies. They've progressed in only one generation from filmmaking to building rockets. Who knows what shenanigans they may be capable of in the next generation.

Re:Flight of the Conchords, indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30136376)

This is a pioneering country - possibly it's greatest asset.

Re:Flight of the Conchords, indeed (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#30139464)

  Positively refreshing, ain' it? :)

SB

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that means (1)

gemada (974357) | more than 4 years ago | (#30129790)

It's business time

Re:that means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30135548)

...or at least time for Davie Bowie to watch his ass, lest the great prophecy [youtube.com] of New Zealanders come to pass!

NEED MORE POWER SCOTTY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30130502)

"It has a payload of just two kilograms"

You'll have to do a lot better than that to pick up any customers New Zealand!

It's a good start though. They are further along than Australia.

Early test flights (0)

stimpleton (732392) | more than 4 years ago | (#30131888)

For the first orbital flight they sent up a test sheep.

Unfortunately, it died. This set the mission back months, as curiously the chief engineer, a guy named "Trevor", was emotionally devastated and needed time off work.

Amazingly green (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30132448)

Shouldnt spoil NZ's clean-green image either, Each launch has the same carbon footprint of running a car for 3 days, not sure if that's a prius or a hummer tho!

Obble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30133022)

Long time listener, first time caller:
As a proud Kiwi, I would just like to mention we are already planning to send a sheep in the next launch in 2012. :-P

The first sheep in space soon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30135128)

I'm so proud of NZ I'll try not to laugh when they say it is for "experimentation".

Thanks for nothing! (1)

skelly33 (891182) | more than 4 years ago | (#30136084)

"By KroNicKq // 1923Turk-Grup" <- I'm assuming this is some zit-faced loser.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30138486)

New Zealand is an isolated country with a small population (under 5 million) with absolutely no interesting history or culture. As such patriotism is a fairly new phenomenon here and appealing to nationalism is the best way to get your project a spot on the dismal TV news, between articles about a single-fatality car crash and the rugby. Kiwis aren't all that impressed by an overgrown model rocket with no real application, but the director of Rocket lab (Mr. Rocket(!) will obviously do anything for publicity.

Also, New Zealand isn't known for it's high-tech industries, and has no great military-industrial complex to fund aerospace development. heck, we don't even have a combat air force down here.

Zona (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 4 years ago | (#30147138)

For Christ's sake, Xena cannot leap into orbit. It's just fiction, New Zealand.

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