|Born||1976/1977 (age 44–45)|
Invercargill, New Zealand
|Known for||Electron Rocket|
As a child he wanted to build rockets when he grew up. His high school careers counsellor requested a meeting with his parents because they were concerned that his dream job didn't fit any "pre-defined boxes" and was "absurdly unachievable".
He describes the course of his career as "enabling me to learn more, or provide resources to ultimately build bigger and better rockets".
He later worked at Industrial Research (now Callaghan Innovation). He worked on smart materials, composites and superconductors. While working there he met Stephen Tindall, who later invested in Rocket Lab.
Beck established Rocket Lab in 2006 and in November 2009 it became the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space, with its Ātea-1 sounding rocket. The company did not continue the sounding rocket launches, instead moving on to orbital launch business. The company developed the two-stage liquid-fueled Electron rocket, whose first flight was in May 2017. The maiden flight was unsuccessful. In January 2018 they reached orbit for the first time, deploying three CubeSats for customers (and one satellite of their own, the Humanity Star). In December 2018 their fourth Electron launch carried a payload for NASA for the first time. As of May 2021 they have successfully launched in total 17 similar missions out of 20 attempts.
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