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New Zealander sounding rocket. Single-stage New Zealand hybrid sounding rocket.

Atea-1 was a two-stage (boost motor plus payload dart) sub-orbital vehicle. It could be launched by users from existing launch infrastructure or Rocket Lab provided complete launch and recovery services.

Rocket Lab's hybrid booster used a polymer-based fuel with liquid Nitrous Oxide. The engine's 45 kg propellant load was capable of producing a peak thrust of 6.7kN for up to 14.5s, resulting in a total impulse of 100 kN-s. The vehicle utilised composite materials for flight structures, pressure vessels and the combustion chamber. The entire vehicle had an inert, dry mass of less than 20 kg. The standard Atea-1 featured an in-house developed avionics package, recovery systems for land or sea, power supply and payload-avionics interface. Atea-1 characteristics:

  • Inert shipping no solid fuels or explosives
  • ITAR free Rocket Lab was able to export to customers from any friendly nation
  • Land or sea-based recovery was possible
  • Payload recovery A GPS transceiver used the Inmarsat B satellite constellation to communicate the launch vehicle
  • Max. Launch G-Force 15 g's
  • Max. Velocity > Mach 5
  • Standard Payload Size 58mm x 900mm L

Payload: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb) to a 150 km altitude.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 60 kg (132 lb).
Payload: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb).
Height: 6.00 m (19.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.15 m (0.49 ft).
Thrust: 6.70 kN (1,506 lbf).
Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).
First Launch: 2009.11.30.
Number: 1 .

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  • Great Mercury Island Open field site on Great Mercury Island off the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand used for launches of the commercial Atea sounding rocket. More...

Atea-1 Chronology

2009 November 30 - . 01:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Great Mercury Island. LV Family: Atea. Launch Vehicle: Atea-1.
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