Taking science and technology to new heights
Rocket science includes ideas of forces and motion, how rockets work and some of the challenges for those wanting to make rockets go faster and higher.
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Rocket Lab launched New Zealand’s first rocket to reach space in 2009. Innovative technology developed for this rocket has led to several international contracts for Rocket Lab.
A rocket will launch and keep speeding up as long as the force pushing it upwards is greater than the forces pulling and pushing it downwards.
Rockets launched into space can be suborbital (brief visit to space) or orbital (staying in motion around the Earth) or can escape Earth’s gravity to travel deeper into space.
University of Canterbury PhD students Malcolm Snowdon and Avinash Rao are developing flight control systems for rockets. Electronic sensors measure changes in motion, and guidance systems operate...