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Star Trek actor William Shatner, Jacinda Ardern help launch new Auckland Rocket Lab factory

Star Trek actor William Shatner has joined forces with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to help unveil Rocket Lab's new Auckland factory.

The Prime Minister called Shatner’s 2004 album Has Been ‘a revelation’. Source: 1 NEWS

The 7500 square metre assembly plant, located in Mount Wellington, will see three new Electron rockets being built on the factory floor.

It also boasts a new Mission Control Centre, which will allow the company to oversee launches from their Māhia Peninsula launchpad, as well as its pending launch site in the US.

Ms Ardern helped unveil the new Mount Wellington facility, where she spoke about Rocket Lab’s launch site in Māhia Peninsula. Source: 1 NEWS

Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck says 16 launches have been planned for next year, with the goal of sending an Electron rocket into orbit every week by 2020.

Rocket Lab's factory was previously located next to Auckland Airport.

A Rocket Lab electron rocket
A Rocket Lab electron rocket. Source: Supplied