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Rocket Lab successfully sends rocket into orbit

Aerospace company Rocket Lab said Sunday it had successfully fired a rocket into orbit for the first time from its New Zealand launch base.

“Electron is orbital. Successful payload deployment,” the company tweeted.

The Electron rocket, named “Still Testing”, took off from Mahia, on the east coast of the North Island, at 2.45pm (0145 GMT) on Sunday and reached orbit eight minutes later.

The 17-metre-long (55ft 7in) carbon-fibre rocket is carrying three satellites into space — one to take im