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(Business Wire)   Hobbits plan to send a hungry hippos to space   ( divider line
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2021-12-02 1:35:54 PM  
Been done before...

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2021-12-02 1:48:41 PM  
I hope Bo Burnham has a gif for this.
2021-12-02 2:01:47 PM  

Destructor: Been done before...

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this meets the 'hungry hippo' design criteria, it ingests a payload

the rocket in the article is more like a 'puking hippo' in that it spits out it's payload

/there's a 'your mom' or a 'spit vs swallow' joke in there somewhere
//do you remember your first blowjob?
///did you spit or swallow?
2021-12-02 2:22:21 PM  
Some really great ideas mixed with some really bad marketing shmaltz.

The rocket design clearly shows they did their homework and identified the weaknesses of Falcon 9. There is a ton of great ideas on how to do it better. I think they have a fair chance at LEO for half the price of F9.

Steel, Aluminum and Carbon comparison was a complete howler. For the medium size and lofted flight profile, carbon wins hands down, that is why F9 is made from it. Small disposable goes Al, larger lower loft makes steel better. Amazingly, there are no beams hitting the rocket in normal use.

If they can pull it all off and actually get it to fly, they probably have a solid competitor to Falcon 9 for constellation contracts. But space is hard; designing, testing and flying a new engine in less than 4 years is wildly ambitious. Going much beyond 4 years means that most of the constellations will have already chosen the launch provider so time is very critical.

Love RocketLab, like the design, hate the incredibly tight constraints this will have to meet to financially succeed.
2021-12-02 3:04:55 PM  
Here was CEO Peter Beck's presentation:

Neutron Rocket | Major Development Update
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