A small satellite launcher built by Rocket Lab has reached its New Zealand launch site for a debut test run in a few months.
The rocket, called Electron, is one of at least 17 small satellite launchers in development worldwide, a study for the Satellite Industry Association by The Tauri Group shows.
Another study, presented at last year's International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, found at least 29 small boosters in development.
But competition isn't much of a concern Rocket Lab founder and chief technical officer Peter Beck, who started the company in 2006.
"We're turning customers away and we haven't even flown yet," Beck told Seeker.
"I'm not really too concerned about the other launch companies coming along. In my opinion there's plenty for everybody... The biggest thing that we worry about actually is 'Can we build enough?' rather than 'Are there enough customers?'"
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After three test flights, Rocket Lab aims to begin working off a manifest that includes flights for NASA, Planet, Spire and Moon Express, the latter of which is looking for a launch before the end of the year to compete in the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize.
"Every customer is working to deadlines," Beck said.
The first Electon booster arrived at Rocket Lab's privately owned launch site on Wednesday after a nine-hour truck ride from the company's manufacturing facility in Auckland. Rocket Lab's headquarters is in Los Angeles.