Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck to discuss taking an interplanetary enterprise at Disrupt 2021 – TechCrunch


Building an orbital launch business from scratch isn’t easy, but what if that business is just a stepping stone to a vertically integrated interplanetary space business? Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck will join us next week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23) to talk about the challenge and exhilaration of pursuing his passion for space, to orbit, the moon and beyond.

Rocket Lab began over a decade ago when Beck was testing increasingly larger rockets, with the (supposedly) ultimate goal of building a reliable and relatively inexpensive small launcher that could send payloads into orbit at a weekly rate, or even faster.

Since then, the company and its Electron launcher not only became a sought-after orbiting vehicle, but they also began to expand into the design and manufacture of spacecraft with Photon and announced a much larger vehicle called the Neutron. . Now, they’ve even been asked for a lunar mission related to Artemis and are planning a privately funded mission to Venus. (And of course, they’ve raised a load of money and are going public.)

Always available, Beck will join us virtually from his New Zealand headquarters to discuss the success and future efforts of Rocket Lab, as well as the challenge of adapting an outsider launch provider business to a sprawling space services business with the competition on its heels.

We hope you will join us next week at Disrupt. You can get your passes now for under $ 100 through Monday, September 20.

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