Rocket Lab Announces Reusability Plans For Electron Rocket

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Rocket Lab Announces Reusability Plans For Electron Rocket

Postby drew » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:00 am

Here's the announcement.
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-announces-reusability-plans-for-electron-rocket/

And here's a video animation of what they're thinking. Looks like they saw Carmack's work on the Stig rocket and thought "We can do that!".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joONWIGtcdY&feature=youtu.be&t=858
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Re: Rocket Lab Announces Reusability Plans For Electron Rocket

Postby Wingnut » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:45 pm

Hey Drew. Thanks so much for the post. I've watched the second video (18:50 min). It's very informative.

The Rocket Lab LC1 launch facility is very impressive. It's located at the end of the Mahia headland, near Wairoa on the North Island New Zealand. Their second launch facility (i.e. LC2) is under construction at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (Virginia, USA).

The Rocket Lab's approach to reusability of the Electron booster is based on parachute and helicopter recovery. An explanation for this approach is mentioned in the video. It's certainly worth viewing if you like keeping up with news from the space industry.

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Re: Rocket Lab Announces Reusability Plans For Electron Rocket

Postby drew » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:14 am

Wingnut wrote:Hey Drew. Thanks so much for the post.


My pleasure Mike. Ars just published an interview with Peter Beck regarding the reusability plans. You can find it here.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/heres-why-rocket-lab-changed-its-mind-on-reusable-launch/
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Re: Rocket Lab Announces Reusability Plans For Electron Rocket

Postby Wingnut » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:38 am

The YouTube contributor, Everyday Astronaut (Tim Dodd), provides some interesting comments and background information on the feasibility of parachute/helicopter recovery for Rocket Lab's Electron booster.


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