Rocket Lab's 17-meter-long Electron booster, named "Still Testing," took off at 2:45 p.m. local time on Sunday from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand and reached orbit eight minutes later.
The aerospace company said its first launch from its New Zealand base was a success. The Electron rocket is disposable, and is made of lightweight carbon composite material. It has 3D-printed engines to reduce cost and assembly time.
Rocket Lab conducted its first launch last May when the firm put a rocket into space, but it did not reach orbit.