Not reusing rockets is ‘a dead-end product’


A look at the company’s production floor shows a series of Electron boosters, with the typical black carbon fiber rockets in the foreground and a metallic-looking reusable booster in the center.

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck was once confident that his company would never reuse its rockets like Elon Musk’s SpaceX — to the point that Beck promised to eat his hat.

A few swallowed threads of blended hat later, Beck has dramatically changed his tune. Rocket Lab is nearly finished with a development program that uses helicopters to catch Electron boosters after launches, and the company is designing its Neutron rocket to be reusable when it debuts in 2024.

“I think anybody who’s not…


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