In a world first, Rocket Lab launched and recovered a rocket mid-air

In a world first, Rocket Lab launched and recovered a rocket mid-air ...

It''s happened. It''s possible.

According to the firm''s official YouTube channel, Rocket Lab, a private aerospace business, launched a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1A on the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at approximately 6:48 PM EDT.

The main event had to be held, but less than 30 minutes after the rocket''s launch, the rocket''s first stage was actually shot mid-air by a flying helicopter.

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Rocket Lab has confirmed that the recovery helicopter had received the Electron booster over the Pacific Ocean about 15 minutes after launching from New Zealand, a major step in its rocket reuse efforts. https://t.co/a8688Hvd0L pic.twitter.com/lMiAJ9gGJf

The Electron rocket from Rocket Lab is designed for re-entry.

After its ascent, the Electron booster should be placed in its highest position (apogee) along its ballistic trajectory. At this point, it will engage its cold gas thrusters to achieve an ideal orientation for re-entry into the Earth''s atmosphere.

To keep up its potential success, the Electron booster requires a heat shield to protect its nine primary engines from the harmful heats of re-entry, which may reach 4,350 degrees Fahrenheit (2,400 degrees Celsius).

A helicopter successfully captures Rocket Lab''s first stage in the mid-air.

Just after the engine on the second stage of Rocket Lab''s first stage was shut down, the first stage''s rocket was delivered at roughly 6:59 PM EDT. "Several crucial milestones must be accomplished," according to the team.

At around 7:04 PM EDT, the pilot of the helicopter was getting into position. Everyone was holding their breath in mission control. "We''re all on the edge of our seats here," said a Rocket Lab official.

The helicopter pilot said at around 7:06 AM that they could see the rocket and had captured the rocket''s drogue chute line. This is real, and it''s happening. A flying helicopter successfully caught a first-stage booster rocket in mid-air.

As new information became available, this was breaking news and became regular updated.

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