New York (The Verge) — Rocket Lab’s next launch will feature a rocket recovery dress rehearsal theverge.com/2020/11/5/2155….
On Rocket Lab’s next flight from New Zealand in mid-November, the company plans to go through all of the steps of recovering its Electron rocket after flight, except for the part when a helicopter snatches the vehicle out of the air.
On Rocket Lab’s next launch to space, the company plans to go through all of the necessary steps to recover one of its rockets after takeoff — except for the very last step of actually catching the vehicle before it hits the ocean. This dress rehearsal should put Rocket Lab on course to save a rocket after an upcoming flight so that the vehicle can be flown again on a future mission. — Loren Grush/@verge