If Rocket Lab gets its Electron vehicle into space during a test launch it will rank among New Zealand's greatest technical and engineering feats.
Matthew Wright in his book Big Ideas - Wonders of New Zealand Engineering lists others - and here are 10 of them.
Richard Pearse's flyer
Our most debated aviator may have flown a year before the Wright brothers' first controlled flight in 1903 - there was a problem of proof. Although evidence points to a short, perhaps uncontrolled flight in 1904, "Bamboo Dick'' as his neighbours called the quintessential loner, became a Kiwi aviation legend.
The Munro Special
Motorcycle builder Burt Munro cast his own pistons on a stove, lit gorse bushes and threw bike frames on to the fire to anneal them in what was ''bush engineering in all its glory". His best known bike was the Indian Scout in 1920 and he went on to set land speed records in a bush-built racer.
Hamilton Jet Boats
Charles Hamilton needed a way of getting up the shingly, shallow waterways of his Mackenzie Country farm and invented a two-stage axial flow impeller which he tried on a small boat in 1955. It worked and Hamilton jets are used around the world.
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Built between 1955 and 1959 it replaced car ferries that were transporting 5000 vehicles a day. The total length is 1097m but its four lanes soon proved too few and by 1969 the "Nippon clip-ons" were attached.
Wairakei Geothermal Power Scheme
Serious power shortages in 1947 prompted government investigation into alternatives to hydro-electricity. The Wairakei station opened in 1958 and New Zealand remains one of the world leaders in using steam fields for large scale generation.
The Cook Strait Cable
Or more accurately the South-North high voltage direct current link. This way of moving power from the main sources of generation in the South Island to the more populous North broke world records for the length of the line's capacity after its commissioning in 1965.
Made Wright's companion book, NZ on the Move. During the early 1960s filled the car design and production gap. It used a Skoda motor. Marketed as a variety of Land Rover and utility style bodies, the Trekka was a Kiwi answer to farm vehicles which were subject to import restrictions.
Manapouri Power Station
Recognised as one of New Zealand's great engineering projects it was not only one of the largest single hydro stations in the Southern Hemisphere, and with the giant machine hall hacked out of solid rock it was largely unobtrusively built in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
The Britten V-1000
The V-twin racing motorcycle was one of the greatest of New Zealand's light engineering achievements, unquestionably the most stylish machine of its day and the fastest. It blended function, art and technology.
The Sky Tower
Controversy surrounded the Sky Tower in the design stages but the 328m tall building is now a centrepiece of the Auckland skyline. It is designed to withstand 200km/h gales and a magnitude 8 earthquake. It was opened in 1997.