Rocketlabs is in second place for making reusable rockets after SpaceX. Blue Origin is not in second place.
Rocketlabs has recovered the first stage already. Neutron wll feature a reusable first stage designed to land on an ocean platform, enabling a high launch cadence and decreased launch costs for customers.
Rocketlabs has launched 97 satellites to orbit. Rocketlabs had eight launches in 2020.
On 19 November 2020, a successful launch mission named “Return to Sender” deployed its payload of 29 smallsats into orbit. In addition to satellite deployment, a new method of the first stage recovery was successfully implemented. “After stage separation, the first stage will reorient itself for reentry, then deploy a drogue parachute and a larger main parachute before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean about 400 kilometers from the launch site.
Rocket Lab announced in March 2021 that they were developing a new medium-lift two-stage human rated launch vehicle called Neutron, capable of launching an 8 t (17,600 lb) payload to low-Earth orbit.
The rocket is expected to be 40 m (130 ft) tall with a 4.5 m (15 ft)-diameter fairing. Rocket Lab have said they are going to aim to make the first stage of the vehicle reusable with landings planned on a floating landing platform downrange in the ocean.
Successful Rocket Companies Get Rockets and Payloads to Orbit or Beyond
Blue Origin is also behind several Chinese rocket companies. There are several working on hop tests and attempting recovery and reuse of first stages. Many of those chinese companies are also successfully launching to orbit.
Even more successful rocket companies reuse the first stage or all of the rocket. SpaceX has recovered and reused the first stages. SpaceX is leading the way to full reuse. Blue Origin has flown to 107 kilometers.
SOURCES- Rocketlab, Blue Origin, SpaceX, Space News, Wikipedia
Written By Brian Wang, NExtbigfuture.com
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