Rocket Lab tries to retrieve booster of its electron rocket for the first time on its next launch pad – TechCrunch

Rocket Lab tries to retrieve booster of its electron rocket for the first time on its next launch pad - TechCrunch

Rocket Laboratory It is set to complete an important test for its rocket reusability program during its next voyage, which is currently scheduled to take place in mid-November, with a missile widow opening on November 16th. This is a bit surprising because the launch company said it was going to do this on its 17th aircraft, the next launch was actually its 16th aircraft, but the company had a brief answer as to why it moved the timetable.

This is not the first test performed by Rocket Laboratory in pursuit of reuse – after Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck first announced in August 2019 its mission to retrieve and update the electron booster, the rocket laboratory’s guided control and control system on the booster’s control and control system It has also tested the parachute to be used for slowing down.

In a video released today, he also explained the reason behind trying to retrieve the busters (basically increasing the company’s production rate by eliminating the need to create a new booster for each aircraft) and the reasons why it was not the original plan Too small to allow stimulus to be run by a machine like the Falcon 9 and Blue Origins Uses the new Shepherd).

But Beck and his crew realized they could use an unusual approach, which would keep the rocket spinning and rearranging, paired with a troke parachute deployment and the primary parachute combo, which could be caught in the middle while a helicopter was moving. That midlight snack will not be included in this rescue effort, but instead the booster will see the land slowly on the surface of the ocean, slowing down the slopes and allowing the rescue team to pick up.

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Beck says the helicopter catching area is not really his biggest concern, as the company has previously proven that part of its approach works in practice. Instead, it ensures that they can actually get to the platform after launching its orbital cargo.

If this first phase could be recovered by the rocket laboratory, it would be within the optimal distance to place the operational recovery system, which would lead to shorter time between launches and lower operating costs.

It doesn’t matter how the output works, our initial D.C. Sessions: We will have the opportunity to try out with Peck and take the next steps at the space event in December.

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