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Rocket Lab on road to reusability after successful booster recovery – Space.com

And CEO Peter Beck still plans to eat his hat, as promised.

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Rocket Lab
is now confident that its reusability dreams can come true.
The company recovered the first stage
of its two-stage Electron rocket for the first time on Thursday (Nov. 19), fishing the booster out of the Pacific Ocean a few hours after it had helped launch a 30-satellite mission aptly called “Return to Sender.”
The stage survived its trip back from space in great shape, helping to validate Rocket Lab’s reusability vision, according to company founder and CEO Peter Beck.
“The test was…

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