Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 Overview

A complete overview of the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 launch site, including key info, launch stats and the companies that launch from it.

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Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 launch site

Basic Info


Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1

Total Launch Count


First Launch

25 May 2017

Last Launch

23 Apr 2024


New Zealand

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, also known as Mahia Launch Complex or Spaceport, is a commercial spaceport located near Ahuriri Point at the southern tip of Māhia Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island. Owned and operated by private spaceflight company Rocket Lab, the complex supports launches of the Electron rocket, primarily for CubeSat nanosatellites. Officially opened on 26 September 2016, it became notable as the first private spaceport to host an orbital launch attempt and subsequently the first to achieve a successful orbital launch. The facility is unique for its location on a raised plateau, surrounded by cliffs and accessible via a single road, offering ideal conditions for high-frequency launches with minimal air traffic interference.