Rocket Lab’s “Catch of the Day” restoration vessel nears the Electron rocket’s first stage. [credit: Rocket Lab ]
Rocket Lab efficiently launched its “Return to Sender” mission 10 days in the past. Then, for the primary time, the corporate tried to recuperate the Electron booster’s first stage from the ocean after this launch, and now Rocket Lab has offered a preliminary evaluation of the car’s situation.
In abstract, the corporate mentioned in an replace on its web site, “We could not have requested for a greater consequence of our first restoration try and the workforce is thrilled.” The rocket got here again in such good situation, the corporate added, “We are going to re-qualify and re-fly some elements.”
The November 20 flight marked the primary time Rocket Lab has fished an Electron out of the Pacific Ocean. The rocket was picked up within the waters off the coast of New Zealand, the place the small booster launches from. Founder Peter Beck mentioned the corporate needed to evaluate the well being of the primary stage—and make crucial modifications to heat-shield and flight software program—earlier than going to the ultimate step of catching the Electron rocket midair, with a helicopter.
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