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Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:11 am

(I didn't find a thread dedicated to the Kiwis in Space, so I start one. Please remove if duplicated.)


Rocket Labs just announced that they want to reuse the first stage of their Electron launcher. With some clever aerobraking they want to manage heat, and a helicopter will fetch the first stage while it is descending on parachutes.

Adding the capability will eat 10 to 20 percent of the Electron's payload, but they want to recover that by developing the first stage further.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/08/0 ... lab_reuse/
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Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:26 am

Older thread here, but it probably makes more sense to have a general RocketLab thread from now on.
 
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Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:56 pm

I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.
 
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Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:57 pm

I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.
 
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Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:56 pm

WKTaylor wrote:
I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.

Well, two things:
An aluminum can is really cheap, but it is still of value to recycle.
And, recovery allows designers to look at what they made and improve on it. Make it cheaper, more efficient, more effective, etc. One and done and you don't get to inspect the results of "what happened" vs "what was intended".

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