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    Rocket Lab

    With the progress that Rocket Lab has made in launching rockets, it deserves its own thread. Starting this thread with its move into reusability.

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/S...ility_999.html

    Rocket Lab intends to use a much different system to recover its first-stage booster than SpaceX, which flies boosters back to launch pads using liquid propellant fuel.

    Instead, Rocket Lab will fly the booster back into the atmosphere on a specific path. It will then deploy parachutes, slow down and eventually get snagged by a helicopter.

    After testing the parachutes and descent systems several times, the company believes any risk to the overall mission is "very, very low," Beck said.

    The first attempt to recover a booster, still intended for 2020, will be on a flight with a paying customer, but none of the systems needed for booster recovery will be activated until the payload is deployed, Beck said.
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    Scott Manley has done some nice videos on Rocket Lab, I'll link to a couple of them below.

    LINK 1

    LINK 2 (stuff about 3D printing and what is an "electron" rocket).
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    "Rocket Lab’s first step towards SpaceX-style rocket reuse set for next Electron launch"

    https://www.teslarati.com/rocket-lab...se-first-step/

    Just over a year ago, Rocket Lab announced intentions to recover the first-stage of its small Electron launch vehicle, potentially making it the second private company on Earth – after SpaceX – to attempt to recover and reuse an orbital-class rocket.

    In a media call earlier this week, Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, revealed that the first recovery attempt has been expedited to mid-November and will occur following the next flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket.
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    "Rocket Lab has successfully recovered a booster for the first time"

    https://www.technologyreview.com/202...rst-time-ever/

    New Zealand company Rocket Lab has hit a key milestone with the successful launch and recovery of its flagship Electron rocket. The mission, the firm’s 16th so far, included a soft parachute landing of the first-stage booster to the ocean for the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "Rocket Lab has successfully recovered a booster for the first time"

    https://www.technologyreview.com/202...rst-time-ever/
    This is just fantastic, though 'chutes won't work for medium and heavy boosters. That said, I'd love to see them compete with larger vehicles (Neutron? Higgs? Hmmm...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "Rocket Lab has successfully recovered a booster for the first time"

    https://www.technologyreview.com/202...rst-time-ever/
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    Weren't they supposed to catch it with a helicopter? Baby steps, I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Weren't they supposed to catch it with a helicopter? Baby steps, I suppose.
    Not on this occasion, they were testing the steering and parachute systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Not on this occasion, they were testing the steering and parachute systems.
    More details on the booster recovery. Some parts will apparently re-fly. No word on the engines.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020...s-will-re-fly/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    More details on the booster recovery. Some parts will apparently re-fly. No word on the engines.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020...s-will-re-fly/
    I think that was more than they were hoping for on this test, so a big step forward.

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    Rocket Lab has launched Japanese radar satellite. congratulations

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/12/1...status-center/

    Liftoff of Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher with StriX-α, the first of a planned constellation of 30 radar Earth observation satellites for the Japanese company Synspective.
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