The hook mounted on a modified helicopter should click above the missile’s canopy. The helicopter should then be able to land the missile.
at Rocket Lab the mission Friday evening has been postponed to Sunday night to Monday due to unfavorable weather conditions. The launch will take place from a complex in New Zealand and will bring 34 satellites into orbit.
NASA’s 2004 attempt failed
If the Rocket Lab mission is successful, this is the first. NASA made a similar attempt to pick up a rocket in 2004, but it failed. If Rocket Lab is successful, it could be a huge step forward for reusing rockets.
The company calls it “a very complex process that requires extreme precision.” “Multiple features must ideally follow each other to lead to a successful hunt”, thus Rocket Lab.
helicopter missile landing
After launch, the first and second rocket stages separate, after which the first stage will return to Earth. The parachute eventually slows the descent to a speed of about 35 km/h. Next, the modified Sikorsky S-92 engine will be attached to the parachute with a hook.
Then the helicopter, which is used in rescue operations and on oil platforms, among other things, returns the missile to the ground so that it can be used again. According to the Rocket Lab, the test in which the helicopter had to pick up a mock missile was actually successful.
Airline SpaceX Elon Musk has been able to reuse parts of his Falcon 9 rockets for some time, as they land safely on a drone ship after launch.
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