Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using a helicopter, a bold cost-saving concept that, if successful, would make it the second company after Elon Musk's SpaceX to reuse an orbital-class rocket booster.
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If this mission is a success then Rocket Lab expects to increase its activity 2019, with a goal of 16 missions.
NZ headquartered Rocket Lab is building a launch vehicle, called Electron, at a price of less than US$5 million.