Author: Alice Geary

A plan to launch Pukaki's remote airport into the rocket age has not gone down well with some operators at the airfield, with one labelling it "totally unacceptable".

Dawn Aerospace, a Kiwi-Dutch company developing unmanned, reusable rockets as a more economic and sustainable way of launching things like satellites into space, is planning to use the Mackenzie District airport for trial launches possibly as early as July.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/121940088/reusable-rocket-trial-fires-up-at-pukaki-airport-in-the-mackenzie
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Author: DefPost

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)’s newest vessel, the future HMNZS Aotearoa (A11), sailed into Auckland Harbour on June 26 following her 15 day journey from Ulsan, South Korea.

Article: https://defpost.com/royal-new-zealand-navys-newest-vessel-hmnzs-aotearoa-arrives-in-auckland/
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 Author has a few details wrong. Aotearoa is 26,000 tons, she can carry 22 20 ft containers, and weapons though this is not confirmed yet, but will most likely be "fitted for but not with"  RNZN official fact sheet click here

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Author: LINE OF DEFENCE MAGAZINE

Hon Dr Wayne Mapp notes that despite changes in governments Defence policy has continued to remain stable, and that Covid-19 presents both challenges and opportunities for defence spending.

It is tempting to use the Covid pandemic as an excuse to put things off. In recent weeks there were several letters to the editor in the major newspapers suggesting that the purchase of the new C130 and P8 aircraft should either be deferred or cancelled. Admittedly some of the authors were well known opponents of virtually all defence spending, but it was clear they were reflecting views more widely held in the community.

Article: https://defsec.net.nz/2020/06/22/defence-stability/
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 I think Dr Wayne Mapp is a bit behind the times...

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Author: George Block

A brand-new Navy ship is heading for New Zealand and is more than halfway to its new home.

HMNZS Aotearoa, which will be the largest ship ever to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy, was about 75 nautical miles southwest of Nouméa at 3pm on Tuesday.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300040365/hmnzs-aotearoa-navys-largest-ever-ship-finally-on-its-way-to-new-zealand
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The HMNZS Te Kaha F77 Tied up the Canadian Navy base in Esquimalt, June 18, 2020. She appears to finally finishing her mid life refit.

Article: http://www.shipspotting.com/
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Author: RocketLAB

‘Pics Or It Didn’t Happen’ will deploy seven small satellites to a 500km circular low Earth orbit for a range of customers including Spaceflight Inc.’s customer Canon Electronics, as well as Planet and In-Space Missions.

Article: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/
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Author: Defense & Aerospace Report

Hot on the heels of big airlift and surveillance announcements, Defence Minister Hon Ron Mark highlights the new capabilities of the C-130J, with work to replace the Boeing 757s to begin next year.

Last month it was my privilege to announce a continued investment in air capability, one which will help future-proof New Zealand’s ability to conduct air operations in support of our Defence Force and other government agencies, over the next two decades and beyond.

Article: https://defsec.net.nz/2020/06/19/super-hercules/
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Author: Newstalk ZB

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