Rocket Lab Provides Details of Neutron Launcher

Main features include full first stage reusability with return to launch site and vertical landing, payload fairing returned with first stage for immediate re-use, carbon fibre construction, fixed fins/landing legs, liquid oxygen and methane propellants, and seven conservatively designed gas-generator cycle engines (~320 seconds Isp) on the first stage.

Turn around between flights consists simply of installing a new disposable second stage and payload, loading propellants, and launching. They expect to begin engine testing in 2022.


It is fascinating to be able to witness the various visions and implementations competing to make humankind space faring. I have been thinking that Scanalyzer is a means of watching history as it is being made in many aspects, not just space flight.


Why do I get the feeling I’ve seen this before …