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Draggendrop    5,747

Rocket Lab Electron launches NASA ELaNa XIX

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DocM    16,485

Launch webcast video. 

 

T-0 is at about 00:18;00, and an animation of the kickstage deploying sats is at about 01:10;00.

 

 

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Draggendrop    5,747

 

 

 

 

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Jim K    13,216

Rocket Labs Electron is going reusable!  Just announced.  It will not be like SpaceX ... but instead the Electron will descend, pop a wing parachute and a helicopter will snag it.  

 

 

 

14 minutes into the above video.

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DocM    16,485

Cool!!

 

Should work for a small launcher. 

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Skiver    1,958

Did Rocket Labs just out Elon... Elon? I know it's much smaller and all but this just seems ridiculous! 

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DocM    16,485

Electron being carbon fiber (light) and small makes this option work. SpaceX tried it with Falcon 9 v1.0 but it was too large/heavy and shredded the parachutes.

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Beittil    573

I wonder how they intend to make it survive re-entry, F9 after all had the grid fins to stabilize itself and requires a re-entry burn to slow down enough. 

 

The way their animation suggests it, seems to me like a surefire way for a booster to damage itself on the way down. 

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DocM    16,485

The video is really missing a lot. ISTM they need to have at least the center engine burn to move the shock front away from the thrust structure and engines during entry, and aerosurfaces (chines?) for alignment.

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Beittil    573

Just now a nice interview with Beck came out, by Eric Berger:

 

It seems that from flight 10 onward we will get to see physical changes/upgrades to Electron towards this goal. Exciting. 

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