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There are a number of projects being undertaken by groups and organisations around New Zealand, with an aerospace or space-research focus.
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) â a â¬2 billion deep-space radio telescope with one million square metres (one square kilometre) of collecting area, spread out over multiple geographic locations. Two candidate proposals exist - South Africa and a joint Australia/New Zealand bid.
KiwiSAT is a Cubesat designed and built by radio amateurs and Massey University, targeting a mid-2011 launch date aboard an DEPNR rocket to low earth orbit.
The N-Prize: a nearly impossible global competition to launch a tiny satellite for under Â£999 (~$2,300 NZD). Three teams from New Zealand (making up around 12.5% of the total worldwide entrants to date) are taking on this challenge.
Te Anahera Tere (The Angel Express)
The UC Rocketry Project is a research group run in conjuction with the University of Canterbury Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and supported by Rocket Lab Ltd, developing new rocket guidance and control algorithms.
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Life Education Trust arranged to have their mascot 'Harold the Giraffe' launched into space on Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128). This fun site allowed kits to follow the mission and learn fun facts from Harold and is time aboard the space station.