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Could an electrically pumped rocket stage position its batteries to enable it to re-enter stably nose-first?

Are the batteries in existing or planned electrically pumped rocket stages massive enough to change the centre of mass of the empty stage such that new re-entry strategies are available? e.g. Could ...
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Why does the Rutherford engine seem to ignite instantly?

A highlight of any Rocket Lab Electron launch is second stage ignition, seen from an impressive angle in this video from Flight 16: Notably ignition seems ...
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How do we maintain the RPM of turbo pumps in liquid rocket engine?

How do we maintain the RPM of turbo pumps in liquid rocket engine? And how do we control it? And in the case of electric pump fed engine (like Rocket Labs's Rutherford engine) is easy but how we do it ...
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Why do larger and newer rockets not use electric pumps?

Rocketlab's Electron uses an electric pump combustion cycle with no preburner so all fuel is fed into the combustion chamber rather than wasted in a preburner/staged combustion-powered turbopump that ...
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Why can't cryogenic oxygen and cryogenic kerosene be "stored" together?

This question, to my knowledge, is only applicable to Rocket Lab's Electron, pressure-fed engines that use non-hypergolic fuels, and other engine cycles that don't use a fuel/oxygen-rich preburner. My ...
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how much reusable are electric pump fed rocket engines like Rutherford Engines of Electron rocket?

In electric pump fed rocket engines, propellants are pumped by two electric motors. So there is just one combustion chamber and that is the main combustion chamber. I guess electric pumps are fairly ...
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How does the camera make the exhaust of the Electron's RP-1/LOX exhaust transparent?

In this 20-Nov-2018 Tweet from Rocket Labs XXX Peter Beck there is an image of the nine Rutherford engines of an Electron rocket burning. What is unusual is that the exhaust is luminescent but at the ...
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Actuators for gimbaling of engine in rockets and launch vehicles

For controlling the rockets to stay on course, continuous engine control is require which is done by using gimbal actuators. What type of gimbal actuators have been used on SSME, Rocketlab's ...
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Does Rocket Lab's Rutherford have margin for uprating with improved battery technology?

We've seen with SpaceX's Merlin engines that the initial design had a lot of headroom for subsequent increases in chamber pressure and mass flow rate (from supercooling and densification) to gain ...
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Why is Rocketlabs having lengthy combustion chamber?

Looking at different rocket engines, L/D(CC_length/CC_diameter) ratio of combustion chamber is very much less compared to Rocket labs. Even the modern age engines like Merlin 1d and Raptor engines ...
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Mass, Chamber pressure and cooling type of Rutherford Engine

What are the specifications of Rocket Lab's Rutherford Engine used by the Electron Rocket? I'm looking for the chamber pressure, propellant mass flow rate, type of cooling for the nozzle, size of ...
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What was ejected from RocketLab's Electron launch vehicle at T+6:25 during stage two burn?

For those that watched the second launch of RocketLab's Electron launch vehicle, out of Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand on 21 January 2018; in which the vehicle successfully made it to orbit for the ...
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What is efficiency improvement in Rutherford rocket engine?

Wikipedia article on Rutherford rocket engine states that it uses electric pump feed cycle and: The pumps (one for the fuel and one for the oxidizer) in electric pump feed engines are driven by ...
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What are the two very large "blue" cylinders attaching to the combustion chamber of each Rutherford Engine?

The NASA Spaceflight article Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand mentions the upcoming opening of a 10 day launch window: Rocket Lab, a U.S.-based launch service ...
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