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Making Sense of Space: Understanding rockets with Edison Yu
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Making Sense of Space: Understanding rockets with Edison Yu
In this first episode
In our new series ‘Making Sense of Space’ we discuss various aspects of the Space ecosystem. The first episode kicks off with the rocket launch market. Edison Yu, lead on research coverage of Space & Aerial Mobility, speaks with Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, one of the leading launch companies in the world.
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What we discuss
  • What are the basic principles of a rocket?
  • Given we landed on the moon over 50 years ago, one might think we ought to be very good at this by now, but it seems we haven’t made much progress as a society. Why is it is so difficult?
  • What are the general types of rocket launches?
  • Investors have generally soured on the Space industry this year but there have clearly been a lot of developments. What is driving this?
  • There’s a lot of talk about driving the $/kg price down to very low levels longer term? Is this the right framework?
  • How is Rocket Lab going to help address the apparent bottleneck? What makes Neutron so special compared to other launch vehicles? When can we expect it to fly?
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Featured guest
Mr. Peter Beck,
Founder and
Chief Executive,
Rocket Lab
  • Peter Beck is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Engineer of Rocket Lab, a leading launch and space systems company opening access to space to improve life on Earth. Rocket Lab’s capabilities span the space economy, including satellite design and manufacture, industry-leading spacecraft software and components, and reliable launch services. Under Mr. Beck’s leadership, Rocket Lab is enabling some of humanity’s most ambitious space missions, ranging from complex interplanetary science missions and national security programs to commercial constellations.
  • Mr. Beck led the development of Electron, an industry-defining launch vehicle and now the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket. Under Mr. Beck’s leadership, Rocket Lab pioneered advanced aerospace manufacturing techniques making Electron the first carbon composite orbital rocket and the first to be powered by 3D printed, electric-pump-fed rocket engines. 
  • Prior to founding Rocket Lab, Peter began his career as a precision engineer before moving into production machinery design, product design and analysis. He later went to a government research institute where he focused on advanced composites structures and materials for high performance applications. While at the government lab Peter led several complex engineering programs to optimize technologies including wind turbines and superconductors. 
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About Edison Yu

Edison Yu leads coverage of Global Space & Aerial Mobility at Deutsche Bank where he focuses on the New Space economy and advent of eVTOL/UAM (electric vertical take-off and landing/urban air mobility). Edison also covers the China EV stocks listed in the US. Edison was chosen by Business Insider as a Rising Star in its 2021 selection for up-and-comers in equity research. Before Deutsche Bank, Edison worked at Guggenheim Securities and CLSA covering US autos; he began his career covering tech hardware at Evercore ISI. He is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business.

Edison Yu leads coverage of Global Space & Aerial Mobility at Deutsche Bank where he focuses on the New Space economy and advent of eVTOL/UAM (electric vertical take-off and landing/urban air mobility). Edison also covers the China EV stocks listed in the US. Edison was chosen by Business Insider as a Rising Star in its 2021 selection for up-and-comers in equity research. Before Deutsche Bank, Edison worked at Guggenheim Securities and CLSA covering US autos; he began his career covering tech hardware at Evercore ISI. He is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business.
Making Sense of Space: Understanding rockets with Edison Yu
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