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Rocket Lab: Helicopter catches returning booster over the Pacific

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The US-New Zealand Rocket Lab company has taken a big step forward in its quest to re-use its launch vehicles by catching one as it fell back to Earth.

A helicopter grabbed the booster in mid-air as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after a mission to orbit 34 satellites.

The pilots weren't entirely happy with how the rocket stage felt slung beneath them and released it for a splashdown.

Nonetheless, company boss Peter Beck lauded his team's efforts.

"Bringing a rocket back from space and catching it with a helicopter is something of a supersonic ballet," the CEO said.


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