Rocket Report Starship RUDs on the way to space; Rocket Lab to reuse engine

News Summary

  • The rocket, which is fueled by kerosene and liquid oxygen, can lift up to 1.9 metric tons to low-Earth orbit.Gearing up for something bigger ... South Korea plans to conduct four more launches of this rocket, including the upcoming one, through 2027 to improve the rocket’s technical reliability.
  • Rocket Lab said Wednesday it plans to refly a Rutherford rocket engine for the first time in the third quarter of this year.
  • Tehiru projects that it will be capable of reusing its rocket up to 50 times.That's an ambitious project ... Pangea will supply Tehiru with the company’s 67,000-lb ARCOS aerospike engines that will power the rocket’s first stage.
  • The California-based launch company said Wednesday it has successfully completed a month-long, full-scale test series to verify the root cause of the January 9 failure of its LauncherOne rocket.
  • What does seem clear to me is that developing a small, reusable rocket with an electric landing mechanism and aerospike first stage engines is extremely difficult.
  • The company has stated that it is working on an “innovative electric landing mechanism” that will be used to recover the rocket following a launch.
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