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Chch link to rocket launch „„ By Sarla Donovan A PHOTO of Rocket Lab’s successful Electron rocket launch this week has gone around the world, much to the excitement of the man who took it, former Sumner resident Kieran Fanning. The self-described ‘electron wrangler’ at the Auckland-based space company took the image which has been spotted in American, Indian, Russian and European newspapers. “So stoked,” said Mr Fanning, who Kieran is an avionics Fanning engineer at the company, working on the rocket’s onboard electrical and electronic systems. “It was pretty surreal. As soon as it got downloaded, I knew it was the money shot. It was really cool to wake up in the morning and see a lot of space journalists that I follow, tweeting and talking about it and seeing it in news outlets all over the world.” Photography is a hobby of the 24-year-old who grew up

IGNITION: This photo of Monday’s successful Rocket Lab space launch was taken by former Sumner resident Kieran Fanning, an avionics engineer with the company. ​ in Sumner, attended Shirley Boys’ High School and studied engineering at Canterbury University. He moved to his dream job at Rocket Lab two years ago after starting his career with Fisher & Paykel in Dunedin. Rocket Lab successfully launched its second Electron rocket into orbit off the Mahia Peninsula on Monday.

There will be a third test launch before the company can move into commercial missions. Mr Fanning said the country stands to benefit from the technology. “As well as the jobs related to the manufacture of the rockets and the ground operations, there’s the satellites that we can launch for agriculture, urban

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planning and such like – there’s a whole lot of really cool science that can go on with those satellites that can benefit New Zealand.” He describes working at Rocket Lab as “amazing” and is keen to remain with the company and see it develop. “It’s still a young company and it’s really cool to be a part of that.”

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In Brief DENTON PARK CAMPAIGN The Save Denton Park group is aiming to deliver 6000 leaflets about why residents should vote “no” to reclassifying the park. To build a $35.7 million mega centre on 9766 sq m of the park, the city council has to change the reserve classification. Public consultation on the reclassification process started at the weekend and finishes on March 26. QUARRY MEETING A community meeting on the planned Templeton quarry will take place on Monday at 7.30pm. A variety of experts have been invited to talk to the community about their concerns including health, traffic and water. Seating will be limited so take a fold-up chair. The meeting will be held in the Templeton Community Centre, 64 Kirk Rd. SUMNER SKATE PARK A skate park between Ferrymead and Sumner is a step closer with the release of a shortlist identifying four suitable sites. They are Sumner Beach next to the surf club, Scott Park in Ferrymead, the old Redcliffs School grounds, and the former Marine Tavern site at 26 Nayland St, Sumner. Public consultation on the sites will take place from January 29 to February 26.


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