Rocket Lab will try splashdown recovery on the way to dramatic midair grab


The booster will deploy a parachute on its return to Earth.

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is following in the footsteps of SpaceX by going to some pretty dramatic lengths to recycle its rockets.

The startup with facilities in the US and New Zealand will attempt to recover the first-stage booster from one of its Electron rockets for the first time during a mission set for Nov. 15.

After boosting a number of small satellites toward orbit for the mission, appropriately dubbed Return to Sender, the first stage will separate and head to a controlled soft water landing in the Pacific Ocean using parachutes. From there, the floating rocket will be retrieved by a recovery vessel. 

Recovering a rocket using parachutes is hardly a new concept. It’s something NASA has pursued in the not-too-distant past. And

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