Rocket Lab's Neutron, helicopter ambitons — LA tech news – LA Biz – L.A. Biz

Rocket Lab USA Inc. has big ambitions for 2022.
The Long Beach, California-based aerospace company unveiled details about the bigger, reusable “absolute beast” of a rocket it has in development: Neutron.
In a slick video presentation, founder and CEO Peter Beck described and demonstrated the design, materials, propulsion and reusability features of the firm’s next-generation launch vehicle — an advanced eight-ton payload class launch vehicle designed to deliver reliable and cost-effective launch services for satellite mega-constellations, deep space missions and human spaceflight.
The rocket’s new Archimedes engines “will breathe its first fire next year,” Beck promised.
Just the week before, Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) said it will attempt to recover a rocket booster by using a helicopter to snatch it out of mid-air during its next recovery mission, currently slated for the first half of next year.
Meanwhile, before year’s end, the company announced that the launch window for its next Electron mission opens on Dec. 7, fewer than three weeks since its last mission on Nov. 18. The two missions for BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY) would occur just 19 days apart, marking Rocket Lab’s quickest turnaround in the company’s history.
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