Can Rocket Lab really catch a rocket with a helicopter?
- Published: 10 August 2019
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Rocket Lab just announced they plan to try and recover their Electron rockets using a parachute and a helicopter… Yeah, seriously.
Today we’re going to dive into Rocket Lab’s plans for reusability including some deep dives on the challenges they face including the forces and velocities.
Then we’ll go into the history of air recovery, and compare Rocket Lab’s reusability plans to other space systems that utilize parachutes such as the space shuttle’s SRBs, the Falcon 9, SpaceX’s fairings, and even ULA’s similar plans they’re calling SMART reuse.
I also got exclusive information from Rocket Lab and Peter Beck himself with some exciting additional details on just how exactly they hope to do this.
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