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The Yellow Brick Road – How Rocket Lab Success Was Built At The Expense of the Locals

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“Steinlarger in association with Michael Fay and Lockheed Martin give you the Americas Cup sport of billionaires, Hypersonic missiles built for delivering nukes and a revised vision of what NZ nuclear free legacy was all about. And if you think TVNZ is going to challenge that idea then you really have no idea of how marketing dollars and political lobbying works.”

“First introduced to NZ by inside trader Michael Fay a key architect in the Pacific Reset Pacer program which seek to use sport and advertising sponsorship to hide how the Pacific cultures are to be assimilated and used as cheap migrant labour for the tech industry who seek to exploit their natural resources.”

“Originally local workers did menial work at Rocket Lab but have now being shut out as the facility becomes increasingly militarised.”

“2015 New Zealand’s Rocket Lab secured financial backing from US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and the US Navy. Lockheed Martin a designer and manufacturer of missiles and fighter jets for the US military and chief player in the plans to mine the Pacific and New Zealand deep sea minerals. Rocket Lab yesterday announced Lockheed Martin is investing in the company to support the development of future aerospace and marine technologies. In fact many of the engineers of Electron rocket are ex-Team New Zealand (the brain child of investment banker Michael Fay) engineers. It specialises in small lift capabilities and hypersonic flight technology that lie at the heart if the ew nuclear arms race.”

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Spying on Earth: Rocket Lab’s payloads get more and more interesting

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The launch of satellites for private companies that sell data to spy agencies raises fresh concerns about New Zealand’s fledgling space industry, Ollie Neas writes. 

A satellite on board Rocket Lab’s most recent mission will collect data for US spy agencies, among other customers.

The satellite belongs to US private intelligence company BlackSky and raises “residual national interest risks”, the New Zealand Space Agency says. However these risks weren’t considered serious enough to decline approval for the launch.

This mission appears to be the first time the Space Agency has raised national interest concerns about the launch of a rocket payload from New Zealand.

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https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/01-08-2019/spying-on-earth-rocket-labs-payloads-get-more-and-more-interesting/?fbclid=IwAR2D7RxwWUvPBvGbDPxFetqnphVra4ZuQBTh9qfb3AE_xiQAaqogGWXFmIM


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NZ’s Mahia Rocket Lab to launch US military antenna

Space technology company Rocket Lab has confirmed its next launch will carry United States military technology.

Rocket Lab, founded by Kiwi Peter Beck, will launch an experimental antenna for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Department of Defense’s experimental technology division.

Beck said the launch would carry an RF Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) spacecraft in a test that had been approved at the ministerial level in New Zealand.

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https://thecontrail.com/forum/topics/rocket-lab-to-launch-us-military-antenna

Another rocket launched by Rocket Lab from Mahia NZ with major investor Lockheed Martin, world’s largest defense contractor

“Rocket Lab was founded on the principle of opening access to space to better understand our planet and improve life on it.”

With a major investor Lockheed Martin, of course they will be improving life on planet earth. That’s what defense contractors are about aren’t they? Understanding & improving our planet? Not about wars, killing and profits. Defense contractors are in it for the good of humanity.

Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. It is the world’s largest defense contractor based on revenue for fiscal year 2014.[5] In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales;[6] it topped the list of US federal government contractors and received nearly 10% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.[7] In 2009 US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%).[8]
Wikipedia

 

From the NZ Herald

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its second rocket from Mahia, with the rocket –
named “Still Testing” – reaching orbit for the first time.

This follows the company’s first launch last May, in which the rocket got to space but did not make it to orbit after range safety officials had to kill the flight.

Rocket Lab earlier said it had pinpointed the problem that meant its first Electron rocket was killed before it got to orbit, with the company saying at the time that it was confident the fault had been ironed out.

In its successful launch today, the company initially said it had reached stage separation, before tweeting the rocket had successfully made it to orbit.

There would be a third test launch – into Sun-synchronous orbit of between 300km and 500km above the Earth’s surface – before the company could move into commercial missions.

The launch marked the “beginning of a new era in commercial access to space”, Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said.

Reaching orbit on a test flight was significant but successfully deploying a customer payload so early in a new rocket programme was almost “unprecedented”.

Following successful first and second-stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off.

“Rocket Lab was founded on the principle of opening access to space to better understand our planet and improve life on it.

“Today we took a significant step towards that.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11979201

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NZ’s Rocket Base (that’s partnered with the largest defense contractor on the planet) is testing again – what are they really up to?

From the NZ Herald

“Rockets will soon be blasting off from northern Hawke’s Bay again, after Rocket Lab announced its second test-launch window.

“The Auckland-based company yesterday said it would fly payloads for clients Planet and Spire on its upcoming second test flight titled “Still Testing” from its Launch Complex 1 site at Mahia Peninsula.” NZ Herald

We had an article earlier this year about the Mahia Rocket base.  I had intended to follow up with further details however time constraints have prevented me. There were some comments from locals that you can read at the original post, voicing their concerns and observations around the consultation processes, possible effects on fishing and other things.

What I have discovered since that post is information people probably are not aware of about Lockheed Martin (LM). I’m adding here the basic info on the corporation from the original post:

Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. It is the world’s largest defense contractor based on revenue for fiscal year 2014.[5] In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales;[6] it topped the list of US federal government contractors and received nearly 10% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.[7] In 2009 US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%).[8]
Wikipedia

Lockheed Martin is so big that it is the equivalent almost of a private second government.

You can listen to the information on Lockheed Martin (LM) on a video (by Dane Wigington) in another recent post, by an ex CIA whistle blower Kevin Shipp who describes the true length, breadth and power of this company. (If you’re pressed for time go straight to 12 minutes in, or to hear specifically about LM go to 17 min). Not surprisingly, the US Military Industrial Complex (MIC) holds considerable power over Congress.

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A screen shot from the lecture by Kevin Shipp – the interrelationships of the shadow government

Part of that of course is the said company.  LM is the chief surveillance information processor for the CIA, the NSA and the FBI. It has created a program that tracks every contact every American citizen has with the IRS, their emails, payments made, all are run through LM. The corporation is so big that it is the equivalent almost, says Shipp, of a private second government. The average household in America has what he calls a ‘Lockheed Martin tax’. The sum of around $260 is taken from all pockets pa to pay this company basically to spy on Americans through the NSA & CIA, even tracking packages in the US postal. As well as all this of course they make ballistic missiles among other weaponry to sell to foreign governments.

Moving on then, this is a company that has helped fund the NZ Rocket Lab. Do you really think they are here because they really feel for our unemployed? Given their ongoing ‘budget’ in the US (trillions Shipp estimates) we are very small fry. Our government aka corporation is fully in bed with the US Military going by their recent carry on, having also made a farce of our nuclear free stance. It is all now about money.  So, a must listen is the video, and watch this space (no pun intended) for further updates on where this thing is headed.
EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

Rocket Lab announces second test on Mahia Peninsula

“The flight is the second of three in Rocket Lab’s Electron test programme and follows May’s successful inaugural Electron test flight.

Read more about earlier test in May: Eager witnesses still turn out despite Rocket Lab delay
We have lift-off: Rocket Lab

The Electron vehicle for the “Still Testing” flight is expected to be trucked to the site next month, and a launch window will open in the following weeks.

The vehicle will carry two Earth-imaging Dove satellites for Planet and two Lemur-2 satellites from Spire for weather mapping and ship tracking.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said carrying a test payload marked a significant milestone for the Electron programme, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data and test systems for the deployment stage of a mission.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11926610

NZ has a rocket base that’s received $25 million Govt funding & is financially supported by the world’s largest weapons trader, Lockheed Martin

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The new rocket launch-pad at Mahia NZ …  Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Rocket Lab is an American aerospace corporation launching out of New Zealand
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Did you know that NZ now has a rocket base? This news seems to have flown under the radar for many. I only noticed it myself a month or so ago. The base is actually situated in Mahia on the East Coast of the North Island, however it was originally planned for the South Island at Kaitorete Spit near Christchurch, also near Birdling Flat and the Radar/Haarp Station there (more on NZ Haarp here and here). The length of time obtaining consents appears to have been the deciding factor about a change in tack.  Rocket Lab noted one thing that prevented it from launching close to Christchurch which was the need for a cultural impact assessment from the council. A decision was made to locate the launch pad at Mahia instead. A cultural impact assessment (CIA) is …

“… a report documenting Māori cultural values, interests and associations with an area or a resource, and the potential impacts of a proposed activity on these. CIAs are a tool to facilitate meaningful and effective participation of Māori in impact assessment.”
http://www.qualityplanning.org.nz/index.php/supporting-components/faq-s-on-cultural-impact-assessments

So who is behind Rocket Lab?

Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture PartnersLockheed Martin and K1W1.

Rocket Lab’s financial backers include Silicon Valley venture capitalists, Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 investment fund and Lockheed Martin. It has received up to $25 million of government funding over five years. SOURCE

The company of particular note there is Lockheed Martin:

Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. It is the world’s largest defense contractor based on revenue for fiscal year 2014.[5] In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales;[6] it topped the list of US federal government contractors and received nearly 10% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.[7] In 2009 US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%).[8]
Wikipedia

Last November (2016) saw the ‘celebration’ of the NZ Navy’s 75th year.
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11655793

The launch pad is stated in the following article to be,  environmentally friendly, which is heartening indeed given our environment that masquerades as ‘clean and green’ still is in reality pretty much trashed.  And regarding partnership with the world’s “largest defense contractor, let’s not kid ourselves, can never be termed ‘friendly’ in any sense of the word, given the carnage we are witnessing daily in terms of civilian deaths, if you happen to read alternative media that is.  The US is a nation that has taken defense to its ‘finest’, witness the armchair ‘warriors’ who expunge families with small children from thousands of miles away with drones. Lest you think I am being too harsh on these entrepreneurial people who will no doubt be supplying jobs to local folk (the usual candy cum rationale proffered by corporations) the deciding factor for me is the funding from the said weapons corporation. They won’t be helping fund this because they’re really keen to supply Gisborne locals with employment. We all know this is not the way of corporations. Neither will the Government/corporation be …  corporations are about profits not people. If the Government really had a mind to help people they would not make hard working families on minimum wage pay more tax than themselves.  Neither would they let corporations off with tax. To see how much they are let off watch Bryan Bruce’s ‘Mind the Gap’ doco on child poverty.

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Madeleine Albright is on record as saying the death of 500K Iraqi children was ‘worth it’

Mainstream media tends to not overly highlight the deaths of little children and their parents in the many global conflicts. It gives war a bad name and they, including our Government/corporation, prefer to re frame and name it as ‘defense’. This is what John Key committed $20 billion of your money to last year (Kiwis) … not war … ‘defense’. They are defending us from Isis and similar terrorist threats that their friends in the US helped to create.  And the US’s Madeleine Albright thinks the death of 500,000 Iraqi children was still “worth it”. The British Royals are not averse to trading in weapons either. 

Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and supplier to such regimes as Saudi Arabia, a country that today stands accused of using these very weapons to commit war crimes.
NZ Herald 14.06.2016

On Tuesday 27 September 2016 a member of the public in Wairoa expressed concerns at the Wairoa District Council meeting:

The person “…..enquired as to when the first rocket will be launched and what assurances Council has that satellites launched won’t be used for spying or military activities…. Rocket Lab has installed the launch platform at the private orbital launch under development on Māhia Peninsula. The installation of the almost 50 ton platform is the final major step in preparing the site for the arrival of the first electron launch vehicle, scheduled to be tested in the coming months. The New Zealand Government has announced the development of a new regulatory regime for space and high altitude activities. It will ensure the development of a peaceful, safe, responsible and secure space industry that meets New Zealand’s international obligations.” SOURCE

Now that should put all of our minds at rest. The NZ Govt  “will ensure the development of a peaceful, safe, responsible and secure space industry that meets New Zealand’s international obligations.”

Nothing to see here ….

Anyway, that said, here is an article from 2015 on the launch pad:

Rocket Lab chief commits to protect environment

The company proposing a rocket launch pad on Canterbury’s coast says it is committed to protecting the environment.

Rocket Lab’s proposed site on Kaitorete Spit was officially unveiled this morning in front of Prime Minister John Key and representatives from the Department of Conservation.

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John Key and Rocket Lab chief executive, Peter Beck, at the proposed site for new launch pad.
John Key former PM and Peter Beck, CE of Rocket Lab at the originally proposed site near Christchurch    Photo: RadioNZ

You may well be asking, why a rocket launch pad?

“Rocket Lab’s mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit. Since its creation in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab has delivered a range of complete rocket systems and technologies for fast and affordable payload deployment.”

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/about-us/

Blessing of the site

View a video of the blessing of the site in 2015 from the Gisborne Herald:

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“THE final frontier could be conquered as early as next June, when Rocket Lab expects to begin launching test rockets into space from its Mahia Peninsula site. For Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck, launching his first 16m Electron rocket into space from what will be the world’s first commercial orbital launch site is a life-long dream.”

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On Saturday the remote site on Onenui Station was blessed and the lease agreement signed between Rocket Lab and the landowners — representatives of Tawapata South Incorporation.

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So we in NZ are now third highest in the developed world for child poverty. We had 41K homeless last time I looked, and 33K empty homes in Auckland belonging to people who don’t even live here. This is the way of Neo-Lib economics. It doesn’t care about children, it doesn’t care about families, it doesn’t care about the vulnerable. NZ has spent $25 million on this pad, the country that is now a haven for the rich who seek to escape the fallout from their oppressive economic activity… and in light of all that, a rocket launch pad is great news. It really reminds me of a recent meme I saw. A politician leans in to a sleeping homeless man and says … “wake up … I’ve got a tax break for you”.

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