Rocket Lab has successfully launched a satellite for the U.S. Space Force after a failed mission in May. The launch, which took place last night (in Pacific Time), makes for a noteworthy comeback in a month when billionaires like Richard Branson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took the spotlight with their suborbital spaceflights.
MIT-trained engineer and serial tech entrepreneur Krisztina "Z" Holly writes that Rocket Lab's quiet launch represents the real reason to have faith in space exploration, rather than the space tourism distraction.
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Five Reasons Why Space Matters
The lack of media coverage for Rocket Lab's rebound is just as telling as the fanfare around Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin's flights. Space tourism is distracting us from why we should actually care about space, writes Krisztina 'Z' Holly, a venture partner at Good Growth Capital.
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