Can Rocket Lab really catch a rocket with a helicopter?


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  • Gualtiero Coppo
    Gualtiero Coppo  7 hours back

    Maybe they can't do propulsive rentry because they jettisoned the batteries and they cannot restart the engines, isn't it?

    • The LOL Minecrafter
      The LOL Minecrafter  3 days back

      Not the nuttiest thing, Tim.
      The *most Kerbal* thing.
      Right up there with 9 rocket boosters.

      • Sirsqueaksalot
        Sirsqueaksalot  3 days back

        imagine if Electron used solid state batteries. that would be so cool

        • Der Deutsch
          Der Deutsch  6 days back

          How big is rocket lab rockets? Are they half the size of spacex falcon9 is that what makes it possible for them to catch in air with helicopter?

          • Columbus1152
            Columbus1152  1 weeks back

            The bottom line, how much would it lower their launch costs? Although they offer a niche market for small satellites, a piggy back ride on a Falcon 9 is about 70% cheaper.

            • Claudius Raphael Paeth
              Claudius Raphael Paeth  1 weeks back

              10:10 Me wunna surf ded ... pleeeaazzee?

              • zeke saxman
                zeke saxman  1 weeks back

                Omg man your heterochromia literally never even crossed my mind I just noticed after hundreds of vids!! Nice man!

                • Antonio Defiant
                  Antonio Defiant  2 weeks back

                  Why because the side boosters or 1st stage Is heavy

                  • hellp me
                    hellp me  2 weeks back

                    Cervey down pointy end up

                    • Mike Ochieng
                      Mike Ochieng  2 weeks back

                      your eyes are different colors

                      • nrawayne
                        nrawayne  2 weeks back

                        An inflatable heat shield?

                        • Gary Hawkins
                          Gary Hawkins  3 weeks back

                          Can't wait for building with graphene

                          • Aaron Lowe
                            Aaron Lowe  3 weeks back

                            I literally just had this idea, except about catching model rockets in the sky with a net carried by 3 drones, similar to what Raffaello D'Andrea did in his TED talk about the athletic ability of quadcopters. I thought, too, "That sounds like something SpaceX would do". But then I thought of the physics of it. When catching a model rocket with drones holding a net, the net has a tremendous amount of "give" (vertical distance) therefore require less force to bring the rocket to a net 0 acceleration. (Work = Force * Distance). In a SpaceX rocket, however, the engines are already there. The flight computer is already there. You can put landing legs on it. So while it's cool to catch a rocket with a flying computer, it really doesn't make sense to make another flying computer to catch another flying computer. But the novelty of the challenge is still there.

                            • TheRadioactiveBanana-Brawl Stars

                              english subtitles are wrong

                              • party4lifedude
                                party4lifedude  4 weeks back

                                so if you had a payload that only weighed one pound that you wanted to launch aside someone else's mission, you would only need $11,500? (or is that how much it costs the company and not what they charge customers?) May not sound cheap but compared to something like the space shuttle ($27000 per pound) we are really getting somewhere, granted the shuttle was meant to carry crew members and built for an entirely different purpose and was probably the most expensive example, it was our only way in to space before we started riding on the Soyuz at a fairly high premium that I can't really calculate off hand right now.

                                • SABIR KHAN
                                  SABIR KHAN  1 months back


                                  • Kinisha
                                    Kinisha  1 months back

                                    TL;DR: yes

                                    • Zalle Syn
                                      Zalle Syn  1 months back

                                      totally unrelated but...
                                      isnt it unefficient to just use the thrusters on a rocket to take off? i mean... just going from 0 to the speed needed to get into orbit takes away a lot of fuel (i guess). what if you started not from 0Km/h but from a kick start given by a mechanical louncher.
                                      i get that it would be complex. you would need to lounch a heavy rocket in a steady but fast way while its already activating it's thrusters BUT over time, the cost of that louncher pad (which should be reused for all lounches, would be repaid by the fuel saved over time

                                      • Tushar Jamwal
                                        Tushar Jamwal  1 months back

                                        What do you mean half the temperature?

                                        • Grande Games
                                          Grande Games  1 months back

                                          i thought the electron was 2.1 m in diameter

                                          • Dejay Rezme
                                            Dejay Rezme  1 months back

                                            This makes me think you could have some kind of folding origami mechanism for the fairings that transforms them into a kind of sail plane that allows them to airbrake and sail down and land a rocket stage too.
                                            Or maybe some kind of hybrid of where inflatable wings act a bit like a parachute but that turns a rocket stage or fairing into a sailplane.

                                            • Steven Gibbins
                                              Steven Gibbins  1 months back

                                              well apart from the occasional overseas employee Rocket Labs are 'Kiwi's' & you obviously haven't heard of our well tested 'she'll be right # 8 wire solutions' to most technical problems. in New Zealand, we've been using it since New Zealand was first colonized. I know its a bit 'tongue-in-cheek' but why not. the 'Big Budget' players cant have all the fun or necessarily come up with a sensible idea. So Go Kiwi with a touch of Lockheed-Martin help & a few others.

                                              • Dawnbreaker Castro
                                                Dawnbreaker Castro  1 months back

                                                The keyhole capsule recover missions in 50s absolutely proved the possibility of aircraft capture

                                                • Chris Odom
                                                  Chris Odom  2 months back

                                                  You should totally build the Saturn 5 recovery chopper in KSP!!

                                                  • Tom M
                                                    Tom M  2 months back

                                                    need to stop using "the temperature of the sun" as a reference. its very inaccurate.

                                                    • Texas Buzzard
                                                      Texas Buzzard  2 months back

                                                      Please use lbs, feet, and miles. Metric numbers don’t have meaning to me

                                                      • Everyday Astronaut
                                                        Everyday Astronaut   2 months back

                                                        You’ll get used to it. 75% of my audience is outside the US, so we’re in the minority with imperial

                                                    • TnvrChina
                                                      TnvrChina  2 months back

                                                      I'm sorry but i don't like your glass that you're wearing. 0___0

                                                      • joker89x
                                                        joker89x  2 months back

                                                        GOOD LUCK CATCHING a super-heavy rocket booster!

                                                        • James Hakes
                                                          James Hakes  2 months back

                                                          yiiiewwww boi. Kiwi Ingenuity!!

                                                          • Hero247
                                                            Hero247  2 months back

                                                            This guy has eyes with diffrent color each. I actually didnt relize until the very end.

                                                            • Jowey De La Nota
                                                              Jowey De La Nota  2 months back

                                                              Lazy idea

                                                              • Jon
                                                                Jon  2 months back

                                                                @tim - you work so hard on your videos, like, insanely hard, so hard it's quite insane to think you do this all by yourself. You deserve all the success in the future and you really are smashing it. Don't stop, you are independently carrying the entire world's next generation of space enthusiasts on your shoulders. Keep doing everyone proud Mr. !!

                                                                p.s. don't burn yourself out on the aerospike video. it's easy to see you've got a huge task behind you to live up to your reputation with a huge topic that's had very little decent quality coverage and knowing Elon will no doubt watch it and you may even have your chance to school him a little on the subject. Seriously, don't burn your self out.

                                                                We love you man,
                                                                - 3 of your very happy long term fans :)

                                                                • Chad Vick
                                                                  Chad Vick  2 months back

                                                                  In the backround, Where did you get the model Falcon 9?

                                                                  • po ko
                                                                    po ko  2 months back

                                                                    Jeees you are n00b

                                                                    • Tomasz
                                                                      Tomasz  2 months back

                                                                      Fulton recovery device in its glory again taking this rocket to the motherbase :) BOSS will be pleased!

                                                                      • Abdou Menouer
                                                                        Abdou Menouer  2 months back

                                                                        8:35 Aaaah! My head!

                                                                        • Maarten Prys
                                                                          Maarten Prys  2 months back

                                                                          so the vulcan a fuckin speedy boi

                                                                          • Jasna Diehl-Wiest
                                                                            Jasna Diehl-Wiest  2 months back

                                                                            I AM THE 9000TH LIKE HEHE

                                                                            • Hentai
                                                                              Hentai  2 months back

                                                                              Who is captioning these videos? It's garbage.

                                                                              • epsilene
                                                                                epsilene  2 months back

                                                                                he's coming too? roger that

                                                                                • Dakota
                                                                                  Dakota  2 months back

                                                                                  They won’t the Dow wash will screw it up

                                                                                  • Radoslav Ivanov
                                                                                    Radoslav Ivanov  2 months back

                                                                                    Next time make over 480 hours video for something that can be 5 minutes!

                                                                                    • Prashant Kumar
                                                                                      Prashant Kumar  2 months back

                                                                                      Any also... why bother the helicopter when the rocket can land itself

                                                                                      • Prashant Kumar
                                                                                        Prashant Kumar  2 months back

                                                                                        BECAUSE there's no helicopters on MARS

                                                                                        • Galinette2000
                                                                                          Galinette2000  2 months back

                                                                                          8:34 watch your head

                                                                                          • keir farnum
                                                                                            keir farnum  2 months back

                                                                                            Ride sharing? So I’ll be able to take an Uber to the moon?

                                                                                            • IN A FLASH
                                                                                              IN A FLASH  2 months back

                                                                                              Tim Dodd the Astronaut!

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                                                                                              • film maker
                                                                                                film maker  2 months back

                                                                                                I've been to the rocket lab lab.