The launch of satellites for private companies that sell data to spy agencies raises fresh concerns about New Zealand's fledgling space industry.
The government has deliberately limited public understanding of Rocket Lab's US military connections in order to support American security interests, documents show.
The Kiwi success story is working for an agency that developed stealth aircraft and the scheme to bombard Vietnam with Agent Orange.
Rocket Lab is celebrated as a positive New Zealand success story. Yet it is funded in part by the world’s largest weapons manufacturer, and many of its key contracts are with the US military and its suppliers