Rocket Lab Human Rated Neutron Rocket was just presented by its CEO Peter Beck. This will be an 8 tons to low earth orbit reusable rocket.
The announcement is made as the company undergoes a merger with Vector Acquisition Corp., becoming a $4.1 billion enterprise.
The advanced new rocket, Neutron, will transform space access by delivering reliable and cost-effective launch services for satellite mega-constellations, deep space missions and human spaceflight.
According to the press release, this is supposed to be a very versatile vehicle, aiming at larger “satellite constellations and provide a dependable, high-flight-rate dedicated launch solution for larger commercial and government payloads”. Additionally, it’s supposed to support deep space missions such as planetary probes.
Rocket Lab solved small launch with Electron. Now we’re unlocking a new category with Neutron.
As stated, Neutron will be launching from Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Leveraging the existing infrastructure, Rocket Lab eliminates the cost of building such a structure.
Looking at the rocket, though, one can’t but wonder about the similarities between Neutron and SpaceX’s stuff. Is it a stainless steel body with black landing legs?
Regardless, it’s great that Rocket Lab has decided to scale up, joining the big boys game, and provide human LEO capability as well as exploration mission support. Also, I cant wait to see the landings of this one. And 2024 is just around the corner.
Until then, keep posted for updates.
p.s. check out the video below, where Peter literally eats his own hat!