caught the falling rocket and took it back to shore…
On Tuesday, Rocket Lab, a small company with a small rocket launcher, pulled out the first half of the show while it was broadcast from the east coast of New Zealand.
After delivering cargo from 34 small satellites into orbit, the company used a helicopter to capture the 39-foot-long-range-long-range phase of the rocket ahead. it burst into the Pacific Ocean.
“Beautiful, very beautiful day,” Peter Beck, director of Rocket Lab, said during a news conference a few hours later. “The difficulty of capturing a stage is, it’s beautiful.”
In the future, Rocket Lab hopes to improve the recovery and then use it for other purposes of the cycle, an achievement that only one company can pull off. Now out: Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
A video showed a long line dangling from the helicopter with the air below. Then the needle came into view dangling under the parachute.
Murielle Baker, a reporter at Rocket Lab, said: “We went, we saw for the first time at it. The connection at the end of the helicopter cable snagged a parachute line before the camera caught got swung in and out of the camera.
Cheers from Rocket Lab’s responsible management team confirmed the success.
However, the company later provided the necessary updates. Mr. Beck, said the pilots reported that the camera was not hanging under the helicopter as it was during a test run and they stopped.
Mr. “If the pilots weren’t happy all the time, that’s what they were told to do,” Beck said. “Then the stages continue in parachute at low cost and explode into the ocean.”
A Rocket Lab boat pulls energy out of the water. Finally, the company wants the helicopter to carry a full support back to the ground and prevent damage from salt water.
Mr. Beck has not decided that it can be reused. “It is still my hope that you will see this car back in the pillow again,” he said.
Rocket Lab gives most of its work a name. This has been dubbed “There and Back,” a loneliness comeback with the title track of JRR Tolkien’s new “The Hobbit”. The trilogy of Hobbit movies by director Peter Jackson was shot in New Zealand.
Rocket Lab’s booster catch is the earliest in the industry where rockets are used as an expensive waste material. Reusing all or part of one part will help reduce the cost of delivering the goods to the site and can speed up the process by reducing the number of bombs that need to be developed.
Mr. “Eighty percent of the cost or that of the rocket is in the first phase,” Beck said in an earlier interview, “” So the market for us is very good. worth doing. “
SpaceX pioneered a new age in reusable rockets and is now constantly landing the first stages of its Falcon 9 rocket and launching them over. The second phase of the Falcon 9 (along with Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket) is still being thrown out, often burning while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. SpaceX is developing its next super rocket, Starship, for complete reuse. Competitors such as the Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance, as well as companies in China, are similarly developing rockets that will be at least partially reusable.
NASA space shuttles are still partially usable, but require more and more expensive work after each flight, and they do not live up to their promise of performance like aircraft.
For the Falcon 9, the electric field several times after it is separated from the second phase, it gradually moves to the lower part of the platform floating in the ocean or on the ground.
As a small rocket, Electron must use the entire propellant to carry the payload to orbit. That determined the landing potential like Falcon 9 boosters.
Instead, Rocket Lab engineers decided to use more fuel, added a series of thrusters that removed the cooling oil to guide the energy as it fell, and thermal protection to prevent it from escaping. temperatures above 4,300 degrees Fahrenheit.
The camera separates from the second level at an altitude of 50 miles. It then extended further up the coast for 10 miles before beginning to sink, accelerating to 5,200 miles per hour.
“If you do not have a perfect level of guidance with heat protection, then the initial process starts again, it’s like a big lump of blood,” Mr. Beck said. “It will start to explode on stage.”
Friction at work acts as a brake. Around 7 minutes, 40 seconds after liftoff, the speed of the booster fall slows into twice the speed of sound. At that point, a small parachute called the drogue deployed, adding another smile. The larger main parachute adds more power to the unit.
Rocket Lab has announced three preliminary announcements that Electron boosters can survive re-entry. But at this operation, the boosters exploded in the ocean and then pulled out for testing.
Meanwhile, Sikorsky S-92 helicopter hovering in the area encountered the midair boosters at an altitude of 6,500 feet, pulling a cable with a deep hook across the line of the enemy and main parachutes.
With almost all of its propellant expended, the booster is much lighter than when launching. But it is also a heavy piece of steel – a four-foot cylinder in diameter and as tall as a four-story house and weighs nearly 2,200 pounds or one metric ton.
Mr. Beck said he hopes the shipping complaint issue will be resolved with more trial and error. Sikorsky can carry up to five metric tons, far beyond the weight of energy. “It’s a small detail,” he said.
Finally, Rocket Lab wants to capture the boosters up to half of its work, Mr. Beck said. Some roles cannot use renewable energy because the load is too heavy. The added weight of thrusters, parachutes and thermal shields reduces the load by 550 pounds by 10 to 15 percent.
Other functions have restrictions such as the window opening immediately or at night which makes it difficult to detect negative energy.
The next few Electrons to the launchpad do not include the equipment needed for power recovery. That includes a rocket aimed at launching CAPSTONE, a NASA-funded but privately-owned mission that will study the elliptical path around the moon that will be used by the station. lunar future America.
But there is another Electron with renewable energy on the factory floor that can be used quickly, Mr. Beck said.
He said: “Now it has given us only so much confidence to be with him,” he said.