Welcome to Version 6.08 of the Rocket Report! The US Division of Justice is taking SpaceX to court docket over allegations of hiring discrimination, however the authorities is relying greater than ever on SpaceX’s technical prowess. As soon as once more, Elon Musk’s social media posts are a part of the story. This week, we additionally cowl the successes and struggles of small rockets, the place Rocket Lab is main the pack.
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Rocket Lab re-flies engine after ocean splashdown. Rocket Lab launched its 40th Electron mission this week and achieved an essential milestone in its quest to reuse orbital rockets, Ars stories. As a part of the mission, the launch firm reused a beforehand flown Rutherford engine on its first stage for the primary time. When it comes to orbital rockets, solely NASA’s house shuttle and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 autos have demonstrated the aptitude of re-flying an engine. With Rutherford, Rocket Lab has now additionally flown a rocket engine that landed within the ocean for the primary time.
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