New Zealand rocket caught but then dropped by helicopter

Using a helicopter to catch a falling rocket is such a complex task that Peter Beck likens it to a “supersonic ballet

The California-based company regularly launches 18-meter (59-foot) rockets from the remote Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand to deliver satellites into space

On Tuesday, the Electron rocket was launched in the morning and sent 34 satellites into orbit

 The crew caught the rocket but the load on the helicopter exceeded the parameters from tests and simulations, so they jettisoned it

The roller coaster of emotions was caught in a livestream of the event, with people at mission control cheering and clapping as the rocket was caugh

Still, Beck hailed the mission as a success, saying that almost everything went to plan and that the unexpected load

Still, Beck hailed the mission as a success, saying that almost everything went to plan and that the unexpected load

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