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Watch Rocket Lab attempt to catch a falling booster with a helicopter today –

Update: This unveiling was postponed from last week to this afternoon. Listen below!

The Rocket Lab will take a historic shooting today as it tries to capture a lift in mid-air by a helicopter. This technique (in most cases) is apparently the safest and most effective that the company can come up with, this will be the first full operation, which is to be carried out in the first stage of Operation There and Back Again before it goes down do not fall. You can watch it live this afternoon.

Do not worry, it is not just the helicopter helicopters that take the first stage to crash at terminal speed; they have a little more sense.

The developer will do his job at the top level and the pressure off the lower atmosphere, then break down and fall on the predictable overall path, and at some point he will take a parachute – not too high or can be very distant. Once its location and speed are verified, a nearby helicopter with a specific purpose will fly to its destination.

When she has a lift floating in her eyes, she will move to hit it with the handle of a hand that she has to float on the object itself. We are not sure exactly how the current system works, as this is the first time that a complete overhaul will be fully employed.

The company has already proven to be working on a test article and various helicopters back in 2020, but it has never caught the first real stage of launch – no doubt the supply is a bit more complicated, though finally skyhook or whatever they call it maybe. not much has changed. “Several key steps must be properly aligned to ensure a successful capture,” the mission statement said, so don’t be surprised if there is a last-minute cancellation.

A Sikorsky helicopter ready to fly to nearby missile laboratory crews.

Copyright: Missile Laboratory

The Sikorsky S-92 heavyweight helicopter will need to have less than a thousand kilograms of extra lift, which really seems light to anything considering. It is a testament to the weight and efficiency of the Electronic vehicle that the bird is likely to snatch several of these before it is too heavy to fly.

The mission itself, the name (as you no doubt know) after the original title of the Bilbo Baggins account of his voyage “Hobbit”, will take 34 satellites orbiting different clients: Alba Orbital, Astrix Astronautics, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, E-Space and Unseen Labs.

The opening window opens at around 10:35 am local time in New Zealand (that is for them tomorrow), or 3:35 pm (today) PDT. The lower flow will start about 20 minutes in advance.

Rocket Lab notes that “We will try to show a direct view of the helicopter capture during this operation, but we expect some visual loss due to the remote location of the helicopter during the capture attempt.” While this is true, it is still useful (as SpaceX is often presented) if things do not go as planned. But here we hope the flight and handling are good.