Rocket Report: Rocket Lab’s subsequent step in reuse, Blue Origin engine explodes

File photo of a hotfire test of a Blue Origin BE-4 engine.

Enlarge / File photograph of a hotfire check of a Blue Origin BE-Four engine. (credit score: Blue Origin)

Welcome to Version 6.02 of the Rocket Report! I am on my third week at Ars, and the area beat is as busy as ever. Going ahead, Eric and I’ll alternate work on the Rocket Report each different week. SpaceX broke its personal booster reuse document this week, and a Chinese language firm made historical past with the primary methane-fueled rocket to realize orbit. Again on Earth, Blue Origin blew up an engine that was presupposed to fly on ULA’s second Vulcan rocket.

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Zhuque-2 rocket makes historical past. A business Chinese language agency named LandSpace launched its Zhuque-2 rocket July 11 (US time) and made historical past as the primary firm to ship a methane-fueled launcher into orbit, beating a bevy of US automobiles to the milestone, Ars experiences. In its present type, the Zhuque-2 rocket can loft a payload of as much as 1.5 metric tons right into a polar Solar-synchronous orbit.

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