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Rocket Lab

Hazegrayart Shows how Rocket Lab's Reusable Neutron Rocket Could Work

There’s little doubt that we live in a new Space Age, defined by increasing access, greater competition, and the commercial space industry. The titans of this industry are well known and have even become household names. There are old warhorses like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and United Launch Alliance and fast-rising stars like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada, Virgin Galactic, and others. But New Zealand and California-based company Rocket Lab has also made a name for itself in recent years, moving from low-cost expendable rocket launches to reusable rockets.

Rocket Lab's Reusable Neutron Rocket Animation

Neutron is a medium-lift two-stage launch vehicle under development by Rocket Lab. The vehicle is being designed to be capable of delivering an 8,000 kg (17,600 lb) payload to low Earth orbit in a reusable configuration, and will focus on the growing megaconstellation satellite delivery market. The vehicle is expected to be operational sometime in 2024. It uses LOX and liquid methane propellant on both stages of the vehicle. On 28 February 2022, Rocket Lab announced that Neutron will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) within NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern coast of Virginia. It was also announced that the company will build a 250,000 square feet manufacturing and operations facility adjacent to the Wallops Flight Facility. Ground was broken for this facility on 11 April 2022. As of December 2021, Rocket Lab is planning for the first launch to take place no earlier than 2024.

Starship | SN10 | High-Altitude Flight Test

On Wednesday, March 3 2021, Starship serial number (SN10) successfully completed SpaceX’s third high-altitude flight test of a Starship prototype from our site in Cameron County, Texas. Similar to the high-altitude flight tests of Starship SN8 and SN9, SN10 was powered through ascent by three Raptor engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to the vehicle reaching apogee – approximately 10 km in altitude. SN10 performed a propellant transition to the internal header tanks, which hold landing propellant, before reorienting itself for reentry and a controlled aerodynamic descent. The Starship prototype descended under active aerodynamic control, accomplished by independent movement of two forward and two aft flaps on the vehicle. All four flaps were actuated by an onboard flight computer to control Starship’s attitude during flight and enabled a precise landing at the intended location. SN10’s Raptor engines reignited as the vehicle performed the landing flip maneuver immediately before successfully touching down on the landing pad! As if the flight test was not exciting enough, SN10 experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly shortly after landing. These test flights are all about improving our understanding and development of a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration interplanetary flights, and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond.

Rocket Lab | Mid-Air Recovery Demo

In early 2020 Rocket Lab successfully completed a mid-air recovery demonstration of an Electron test article.


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Transastra



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Orbital assembly


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Gateway foundation


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SpaceX


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Relatively Space


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Virgin Galactic

Informtion on Vigin Galactic


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Firefly Space

Information on Firefly


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Skyrora




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MATSEN SPACE SYSTEMS




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United Launch Allaince




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ASTRA Space

information on ASTRA Space


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Germany's Rocket Factory


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Isaraerospace


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DÉCOUVREZ SIRIUS


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Building An Exciting Stratospheric Balloon Launch Company With Zero 2 Infinity


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ARTICLES

PAGES FROM UNIVERSE TODAY

Hazegrayart Shows how Rocket Lab's Reusable Neutron Rocket Could Work

Move Over, Electron: Rocket Lab Introduces Its New Neutron Rocket

Rocket Lab Shows off its new Reusable Neutron Rocket, due for Launch in 2024

SpaceX has Given up Trying to Catch Rocket Fairings. Fishing Them out of the Ocean is Fine

Rocket Lab was Able to Catch Falling Inert Rocket Stage With a Helicopter, Continuing Their Path to Reusability

They Did It! Rocket Lab Uses Copter to Catch (and Release) a Rocket

Universe today's CATEGORY: COMMERCIAL SPACE

Universe today's CATEGORY: ROCKETS

Universe today's CATEGORY: VIDEOS

Universe today's TAG: ELECTRON ROCKET

Universe today's TAG: FEATURED

Universe today's TAG: NASA

Universe today's TAG: NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY

Universe today's TAG: NEUTRON PRODUCTION COMPLEX

Universe today's TAG: NEUTRON ROCKET

Universe today's TAG: ROCKET LAB

Universe today's TAG: ROCKET REUSABILITY


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