The helicopter catches the falling missile and drops it again

The helicopter catches the falling missile and drops it again

NASA attempt failed in 2004

NASA made a similar attempt to intercept a rocket in 2004, but it was unsuccessful. Rocket Lab previously called the initiative a “highly complex operation requiring extreme precision”. “There are several steps that must follow each other perfectly to achieve a successful recording,” said Rocket Lab.

After launch, the rocket’s first and second stages were separated, after which the first returned to Earth. A parachute slowed the descent to about 35 km/h. The helicopter used was the modified twin-engine Sikorsky S-92, normally used in rescue operations and oil rigs.

SpaceX launches rockets on ships

Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX was able to reuse parts of Falcon 9 rockets for a while after they launched, because they landed safely on a drone. Before SpaceX did this, it also made several failed attempts.

Source: RTL

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