Rocket Lab has efficiently discovered a booster for the primary time


New Zealand company Rocket Lab has reached an important milestone with the successful launch and restoration of its flagship electron rocket. The company's 16th mission included a gentle parachute landing of the first stage booster in the ocean for the first time.

The mission: Electron was launched this morning at around 1:46 a.m. local time from the company's launch site on the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. The mission successfully deployed 30 satellites in low-earth orbit.

After 2 minutes in flight (over 26,000 feet in the air) the first stage booster separated from the second stage, spun 180 degrees and deployed a parachute that slowed its descent and allowed the crews to make a soft landing in the Pacific successfully emerge to salvage it. It is the first time the company has attempted to regain a rocket booster.