In a quest to increase its launch cadence from monthly to weekly flights, Rocket Lab boosted production of its dedicated small-satellite launcher Electron but found it was still coming up short.  That prompted founder and CEO Peter Beck to consider an option he once thought impossible—reusing the booster’s first stage. “I find myself in the position of eating my hat,” Beck told reporters Aug. 6 on the sidelines of the SmallSat 2019 conference here.  There ...

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