Rocket Report: Will Northrop’s rocket be reusable? Fourth Starship will get fired twice

The final Delta IV Heavy rocket is seen on the launch pad in Florida.

Enlarge / The ultimate Delta IV Heavy rocket is seen on the launch pad in Florida. (credit score: United Launch Alliance)

Welcome to Version 6.37 of the Rocket Report! The massive story this week is the ultimate launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket, which is likely one of the greatest spectacles to take pleasure in lifting away from the planet. Due to a scrub on Thursday, there may be nonetheless time to clear your calendar for a second try on Friday at 1:37 pm ET in Florida.

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Orbex patents reusable rocket tech. The British launch firm stated this week it has patented a “REFLIGHT” know-how that allows the restoration of the primary stage of its small Prime rocket. Primarily, Orbex designed an interstage that can operate considerably like grid fins on the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage. “After Stage 1 detaches from Stage 2, the interstage on prime of Stage 1 reconfigures into 4 ‘petals’ which fold out and create drag forces that passively reorients and slows the spent rocket stage’s descent to Earth,” the corporate acknowledged.

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