Reshaping the space economy with Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck


The future of the space industry may look a lot like its past, or so believes Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 in San Francisco, he’ll be explaining how full-service, vertically integrated space companies will (again) be the big winners of this evolving space economy.

Rocket Lab was started as a launch services company, and in June launched its 50th Electron rocket, making it the fastest company ever to reach 50 launches. But Beck — Sir Peter, in fact — decided early on that the company would have to expand beyond this difficult and competitive side of the industry.

Constantly growing and redefining the company has been complex and costly, but now they are approaching their ambition of being able to handle just about every aspect of space operations, from satellite design to manufacturing to launch and operational support. Just don’t call it a Prime.

Sir Peter has been a guest at Disrupt and other TechCrunch events over the years and has always shared his thoughts candidly — including sharing his journey from being a cash-strapped, soot-stained rocket monkey to becoming a space magnate. He is full of lessons any startup, space-bound or otherwise, can learn from.

You’ll want to show up early to find a spot and catch him on the Space Stage, Monday, October 28, when he is interviewed by yours truly about how the next five years will be both familiar and totally different from the last decade or two.

About TechCrunch Disrupt 2024

TechCrunch Disrupt is where you’ll find innovation for every stage of your startup journey. Whether you’re a budding founder with a revolutionary idea, a seasoned startup looking to scale or an investor seeking the next big thing, TechCrunch Disrupt offers unparalleled resources, connections and expert insights to propel your venture forward. Over 10,000 startup leaders will be attending this year’s event on October 28-30 in San Francisco.

We can’t wait to hear from more space leaders at this year’s show. Purchase your tickets here.

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