Rocket Lab tests helicopter recovery in LA tech news – LA Biz – L.A. Biz

Rocket Lab USA Inc. has had a busy week.
The Long Beach, California-based aerospace company is one launch closer to attempting mid-air recovery of its Electron rocket’s first stage with the successful introduction of helicopter operations to its recovery mission.
Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) launched two satellites to orbit for geospatial monitoring company BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY) this week, as well as used a helicopter to observe and track the rocket booster as it descended to Earth under a parachute.
“This is our third successful proof-of-concept recovery mission, and further cements Electron as the leading launch vehicle for the small satellite market,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck. “We are all excited to move onto the next phase of reusability next year; catching Electron in the air with a helicopter.”
Meanwhile, Rocket Lab also inked a deal to acquire Planetary Systems Corp., a Maryland-based spacecraft separation systems company, for $42 million in cash plus 1.7 million shares of common stock. The acquisition is expected to close in Q4.
And the company signed an exclusive license agreement with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to commercialize near and deep space capable small spacecraft telemetry and control radio technology.
Back on the ground, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has unveiled its vision for its hyperloop capsule experience designed in collaboration with Icona Design Group.
The Playa Vista firm said the cabin design will be installed in its first commercial passenger prototype system.
The class-free cabin offers each passenger a fully personalized space, with an artificial skylight, advanced air purification system, interactive displays, digital wayfinding, personal tablets and biometric sensors.
“Everything we build at HyperloopTT is developed with a focus on safety and comfort,” said CEO Andres De Leon. “Beyond a concept and vision, our teams and partners have created a true evolution of the passenger experience that is completed and ready to be built and integrated into HyperloopTT systems worldwide.”
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