Rocket lab, a small satellite launch company, said it had successfully launched one of its own satellites, demonstrating that the spacecraft’s design is feasible in earth orbit. This is the company’s first flight of its home-made cylindrical spacecraft, photon, which rocket lab hopes to sell to customers for ambitious deep space missions. < / P > < p > this satellite is a secret part of rocket lab’s latest launch. On August 30, the company’s electron rocket took off from rocket lab’s main launch site in New Zealand, carrying a capella space satellite. But when the satellite separated from the rocket, part of the electron actually became a satellite and remained in orbit around the earth. This satellite is electron’s kick stage – a small platform on top of the rocket that helps to provide extra power to the spacecraft’s satellites in space. After the satellite was deployed, rocket lab sent a command to start running like a satellite. < / P > < p > “for me, there was a really magical moment to sit with engineers, where we gave orders to kick stage,” Peter Beck, CEO of rocket lab, said in a live broadcast of the satellite launch. Since then, the company has called the satellite & quot; first light & quot;. < / P > < p > rocket lab announced last year its intention to build its own satellite using its electron kick stage design. The idea behind these photons is that they can be cost effectively customized to help rocket lab customers get into orbit – without having to design their own satellites in the process. “We really want to lower the bar here and get innovation and your ideas on track quickly,” Beck said Rocket lab has great ambition for spacecraft. It has reached an agreement with NASA to put a small spacecraft named capstone into orbit around the moon for NASA. The company even came up with the idea of sending the photon spacecraft to Venus in 2023. Beck said the price will vary depending on the destination. NASA’s mission to the moon, for example, is about $10 million. < / P > < p > Beck said the in-flight demonstration enabled rocket lab to test all systems on the photon satellite, including those that might be useful for future deep space missions. It also gives potential customers the opportunity to see how the satellites are operating. The satellite is equipped with a camera to take pictures of the satellite itself and the earth below. Rocket lab plans to use photon for more demonstration flights, with iterations for each launch. < / P > < p > rocket lab’s launch of the satellite without telling anyone publicly may upset some people, as this is not the first time the company has launched a satellite in secret. In January 2018, rocket lab secretly launched its own humanity star satellite as a slightly artistic project. The satellite is designed to reflect light from the sun and shine in the night sky. Rocket lab hopes it will inspire people to look up at this object and think about their place in the universe. However, the gimmick has angered many astronomers, who fear that the shining satellite could become a source of light pollution and destroy their long exposure images of the universe. The human star satellite didn’t last very long. It fell into the earth’s atmosphere three months after launch. < / P > < p > when asked why the company did not announce the photo demo prior to launch, Beck said he wanted to make sure they executed and delivered the product first. “Well, I kind of like to just do something and make sure it’s all right, it works, and then announce it,” Beck said at a news conference. He also said he hoped “this product will be less controversial than human star.”. Spontaneous combustion at a Guangzhou Motor vehicle intersection and other traffic lights in Shenzhen