Rocket Lab's Neutron Rocket Plans to Compete With Falcon 9

Vitenskap og teknologi

Yesterday Rocket Lab made a series of announcements, firstly Rocket Lab will become a public traded corporation on the stock markets, secondly Peter Beck made true on his commitment to hat eating.
But most interestingly, they commited to building a larger, medium lift launch vehicle called neutron, and that's what I want to talk about.


  • Carlos Ferreira
    Carlos Ferreira20 dager siden

    They HAVE to buy SpaceX Merlin engines...nothing else makes sense....

  • seasong
    seasong22 dager siden

    8:28 I like how he already predicted a lot that was confirmed now by Peter Back in his interview with the everydayastronaut

  • nzeagle1
    nzeagle1Måned siden

    What if they end up with side boosters that arnt boosters and are just big batteries

  • jing wang
    jing wangMåned siden

    Thanks Scott! Like it so much

  • mtnbikeman85
    mtnbikeman85Måned siden

    Can we at least agree that Rocket Lab's Mahia peninsula is the best looking launch complex?

  • Jack Whitlock

    Jack Whitlock

    Måned siden


  • OTL The High Temple of Spam
    OTL The High Temple of SpamMåned siden

    So buy stonks for moon? right? moon stonks?

  • Modris Bitenbinders
    Modris BitenbindersMåned siden

    I wish they came up with some radical new engine.

  • Moving On
    Moving OnMåned siden

    Going to have a hard time competing with SpaceX as they are just so far ahead in two huge segments - Falcon 9 and Starship. Plus I like Elon "fail forward" instead of Rocket Lab's "take your time and make it perfect". That is how UAL lost to SpaceX - they waited until everything is perfect - which has been never. SpaceX is cranking out Starships to figure out what works and what doesn't.

  • Eo Tunun
    Eo TununMåned siden

    "A competitor to Starlink" Feck, that´s a quote fresh from hell spoken out lightly… When there´s no night sky left to inspire the awe for space, and you feel like you watch a bloody glitterball from inside when looking at it… That nightmare must never become a reality. But then Einstein, infinity, the universe and stupiity, right? F***ing buisnesses will eat everything. The true omnivores, these abstract entities will eat rocks and humans and paper and altering hypothetic values and thrive on them.

  • David Nuttall
    David NuttallMåned siden

    Starship is flying great. It is just having problems with the landings.

  • David Nuttall
    David NuttallMåned siden

    Hmm, what about a turbo-pump's turbine on the engine which drives not the pump, but an electrical generator to drive the electrical system including the pump? Or would the generator be heavier than the batteries?

  • Pratap D
    Pratap DMåned siden

    First time someone competing Elon Musk at creative level and not mocking him. This gives a lesson if you are really creative then you no need to compare with someone else. 👍

  • Mad Cv
    Mad CvMåned siden

    neutron rocket will have lower payload to orbit than falcon 9 so I realty don't understand why people are comparing them. yes, neutron will cost less but also will have less capabilities, isn't it obvious neutron cant compete with falcon 9 when it comes to big payloads small sats? surely

  • JCSkyKnight
    JCSkyKnight2 måneder siden

    Crazy suggestion; could they make just a reusable first stage for the Antares? At least initially anyway. Cuts down development work and time and as pointed out everything fits nicely with the ground set-up already. If so it could get them in the market really quickly, especially considering SpaceX has shown what’s possible.

  • My Design
    My Design2 måneder siden

    Great video about great company.

  • Mihailov Mika
    Mihailov Mika2 måneder siden

    Rocket Lab is a Great company and cheap stock for such big market.

  • M.Streicher
    M.Streicher2 måneder siden

    The company ticker is VACQ

  • Design Idea
    Design Idea2 måneder siden

    They will be a size of Google in 15 years with rocket - satellite ecosystem, which will be as play market or apple store for space and satellites. . Plus they want to build they own Starling, but in the space, all across solar system.

  • Design Idea
    Design Idea2 måneder siden

    There is only Rocket Lab and SpaceX right now. Rocket Lab will be making money, a lot of money. SpaceX will be using Elon Musk money to build a base on the Mars, but probably not making money anytime soon.

  • The Fishmaster
    The Fishmaster2 måneder siden

    It's good that SpaceX has some competition, or else they'll get too used to dominating commercial spaceflight and they'll stop producing new stuff. competition inspires progress

  • Frank Gulla
    Frank Gulla2 måneder siden

    Scott, thanl you for another informative video about space.

  • Bogdan Arefta
    Bogdan Arefta2 måneder siden

    Neutrons have no charge so there you have it: the pumps can't be electric 😁

  • T235_Ujwal Kadam
    T235_Ujwal Kadam2 måneder siden

    gag-na---yaan 😊

  • Beyond space
    Beyond space2 måneder siden

    This rocket could send perseverance to Mars because they claim they can send 1500kg to Mars and Perseverance is 1500kg but they probably could not land on Mars though or maybe not even to be in orbit. But if they do not attempt to land they could orbit or maybe even land?

  • Robert McDonnold
    Robert McDonnold2 måneder siden

    Rocket lab sounds like a lot of "ifs" and "maybes".

  • Lê Đông Hải
    Lê Đông Hải2 måneder siden

    10/10 Elon would release a disstrack(dissrocket) against Rocketlab

  • Lawrence Stuart
    Lawrence Stuart2 måneder siden

    So when is someone going to build a Marlin spike singe lift body .

  • Pythos de Gothos
    Pythos de Gothos2 måneder siden

    Scott, off topic but, what is that beautifully framed think off to your left? Is it available, or special built?

  • Paul W Swift
    Paul W Swift2 måneder siden

    Peter Beck = Syndrome off the Incredibles. Great videos!

  • Luis Miranda
    Luis Miranda2 måneder siden

    Them don't need to compete with Space X. Market will be too big and we have only 2 companies that deliver to the space. Rocket Lab and SpaceX. It is not enough. Rocket Lab is a Brilliant company!

  • Cedric Monson
    Cedric Monson2 måneder siden

    The battery could be viable and I will use it. Especially if you are propulsively landing.

  • backseatgaming
    backseatgaming2 måneder siden

    Good spacex needs some strong competition to keep them in line

  • Unidentified Biomass
    Unidentified Biomass2 måneder siden

    The should buy a couple of the russian heavy load helos to move the rocket bits around

  • bbies1973
    bbies19732 måneder siden

    Sierra Nevada Dreamchaser is 5ton. Just saying....

  • bbies1973


    2 måneder siden

    Oops. Never mind. It's payload capacity is 5 ton, not gross weight. My bad.

  • felix moresi
    felix moresi2 måneder siden

    Heavy lift rock name: atom

  • Игорь Алексеев
    Игорь Алексеев2 måneder siden

    Not enough sarcasm towards SpaceX in this video

  • Magnus Bergner
    Magnus Bergner2 måneder siden

    You know, they could use Al-O batteries. With a small oxygen tank dedicated to power production you'd have a pretty energy dense system that could be used for a large scale fuel/oxidizer pump system. Aluminium-Oxygen isn't really a major thing right now due to cost of materials and the fact that it isn't really possible to recharge them yet but even a few tens of thousands of dollars per launch for a new battery wouldn't break the bank and batteries are always more reliable than any type of generator system.

  • Beyond space
    Beyond space2 måneder siden

    Next rocket nucleus

  • No enemies
    No enemies2 måneder siden

    Goodluck keeping up with superheavy

  • Adam O shea
    Adam O shea2 måneder siden

    It shows you how far ahead spacex is of other competition.

  • Mihailov Mika

    Mihailov Mika

    2 måneder siden

    They are not competitors. Rocket Lab and Space X 2 the best space companies with big market share.

  • breakone9r
    breakone9r2 måneder siden

    Or maybe they jettison dead battery packs like they already do, but just include enough battery packs for landing.

  • Butter Chuggins
    Butter Chuggins2 måneder siden

    Finish your plate.

  • Attila Ihász
    Attila Ihász2 måneder siden

    I love how KSP broke him, and he can no longer pronounce anything but Mün xD

  • Ugly German Truths
    Ugly German Truths2 måneder siden

    Why not pay Space X to launch your satellites if they offer the best $/kg pricing? Paying 150% of what you MUST pay just to not give 15% of that as investment capital to your competitor seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face...

  • Liam Kehoe
    Liam Kehoe2 måneder siden

    Thanks for another great video. Would you happen to know of any lesser known books for space topics such as orbital mechanics for example? Or would anyone know in the comments ? Thank you

  • BSpeakman80
    BSpeakman802 måneder siden

    Cygnus? They better watch out for Maximilian.

  • Richard Betel
    Richard Betel2 måneder siden

    Fuel-cells. Reasonably clean combustion, uses the same fuel as the rocket, will run electric pumps no problem.

  • Grzegorz Kapica
    Grzegorz Kapica2 måneder siden

    To me this is betting on the failure of Starship, because they will not be able to outcompete Starship, if it works.

  • Trap
    Trap2 måneder siden

    Is rocketlab stock going to be a buy?

  • David Grenville
    David Grenville2 måneder siden

    Perhaps if they're switching to an metal structure that could mean there is more of an option to attach boosters as well

  • Geoffr524
    Geoffr5242 måneder siden

    When I saw the rocket on it’s side in the thumbnail I immediately thought of Tablet pens that looked like different rockets. Like a Falcon 9 Apple Pencil.

  • m & m
    m & m2 måneder siden

    I just had to hear that voice again! 😉

  • David Boyle
    David Boyle2 måneder siden

    Scott, turn on the heat and you won't need that jacket.

  • Marcus Dirk
    Marcus Dirk2 måneder siden

    Do we _want_ more constellations competing with Starlink?

  • Tony Ganner
    Tony Ganner2 måneder siden

    The whole moving rockets on roads thing makes me very worried for the Australian space agency.. I doubt they'll be able to solve the paperwork for it, and any rockets we do make separately to a launchpad will be permanently stuck where they were built lol, #TheVogonEmpireIsInThePacific

  • Gabriel Sánchez
    Gabriel Sánchez2 måneder siden

    Rocket Lab: When we say we're going to do something, we do it... And we do the shit we said we're not doing as well...

  • AntiangelRaphael
    AntiangelRaphael2 måneder siden

    Hybrid pumps... I don't know how feasible is this idea, but.... not as two pumps like one main turbo and secondary electric, but: engines got electric pumps, an relatively small battery with enaugh charge for only few dozen seconds, and gas generator with electric generator as main source of electricity...

  • Zbigniew Zdanowicz
    Zbigniew Zdanowicz2 måneder siden

    Muons decay so quickly, I don't know if this would be appropriate to name rocket after something quickly disappearing out of existence.

  • Redstone Brony
    Redstone Brony2 måneder siden

    Next rocket: Atom, heavy lift, fully reusable, payload capacity up to 15 tons

  • hambobrose smith

    hambobrose smith

    2 måneder siden


  • How Does it Really Work
    How Does it Really Work2 måneder siden

    Tiny turbopumps were quite common in rocket engines used in early Soviet antiaircraft missiles. For example the upper stage С2.711 engine from S-75 Dvina missile had exactly the same thrust as each of the Rutherford engines in Electron, and it was using a very miniature turbopump. Once it is developed, and the suitable materials and technologies are found, it is a deceptively simple device with very few parts. Starting from scratch, it is probably a lot easier today to find talented young engineers familiar with electronics and motors, than with turbine technology. The convenience of testing and use are also much better with the electronically controlled device. It still took years of work before Rocket Lab have figured out how to do it reliably -- they had to pause launches for half a year in 2018 while they were reworking the electric circuits of the pumps.

  • Gert van den Berg
    Gert van den Berg2 måneder siden

    Fuel cells might be awesome for pumping fuels (and it might run on said fuels) - not sure if the power levels get there though...

  • NicholsZiegler
    NicholsZiegler2 måneder siden

    Watch Patrick Boyle's vidéo regarding SPAC

  • jcadlols
    jcadlols2 måneder siden

    Not a rocket engineer but if I wanted something that has better throttle control than a turbo pump & didn't require large batteries, I'd probably run a generator off a turbine, powering the electric pump.

  • How Does it Really Work

    How Does it Really Work

    2 måneder siden

    That's precisely how it is done in diesel locomotives -- the diesel turns the generator, and the electricity drives the traction motors. The only difficulty is in miniaturizing this. (The turbopump in each of the Falcon-9 engines has very similar power to that of a large locomotive -- about 7000 h.p.)

  • sinephase
    sinephase2 måneder siden

    if a rocket doesn't use a neutron gun and fissile matter for propellant, it shouldn't be called neutron :P

  • Reactor Four
    Reactor Four2 måneder siden

    I wonder if rocket lab will make a neutron configuration that has moar boosters. I would love to see that.

  • Alex Besogonov
    Alex Besogonov2 måneder siden

    Maybe they are going to use an MHD generator to power pumps? This would be super-awesome.

  • Kevin Hanes
    Kevin Hanes2 måneder siden

    I love the Muon idea, but maybe the didn't want to name their rocket on a particle that decays (ie RUDs) in 2.2 μs.

  • Preston Britto
    Preston Britto2 måneder siden

    The holistic propane rheologically overflow because bank phytochemically grip per a abashed trowel. tasty, hard ladybug

  • Daniel Fiene
    Daniel Fiene2 måneder siden

    The Electron rocket has an electric pump. Extrapolating from that, I predict that the Neutron rocket will be pumped by nuclear fission.

  • Jon Wesick
    Jon Wesick2 måneder siden

    If they strap a Neutron to a Proton, will they call it a Deuteron?

  • Cédric Duchesne
    Cédric Duchesne2 måneder siden

    Antares shape, falcon 9 legs and starship material... cool

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  • Eagles_Eye
    Eagles_Eye2 måneder siden

    Do you think spaceX shared some knowledge on the self landing on a barge thing? Like. The lessons they learned? Or would they not share such information due to competetiveness

  • Cedrik Niehof

    Cedrik Niehof

    Måned siden

    There is no „competition“. I guess SpaceX would share most of what they have to make rocketlab be able to succeed like that.

  • Peet Ky
    Peet Ky2 måneder siden

    looking forward to your sn10 breakdown

  • Parag
    Parag2 måneder siden

    Waiting for them to develop 'tachyon'

  • Pool Bal
    Pool Bal2 måneder siden

    🌈🇺🇳9:45📸 YEAHHH ❗

  • Messiah88
    Messiah882 måneder siden

    Eh, it's more a competitor to the Soyuz than the Falcon 9.

  • Peter Milanovski
    Peter Milanovski2 måneder siden

    Oh great, now we are naming rockets after nonexistent particles... The neutron, has no charge, can't accept a charge, can't give a charge! It can't be inside an atom!!! Protons and electrons should also be attracted to each other... It doesn't make sense...

  • Adam Katolik
    Adam Katolik2 måneder siden

    Methane Fuel Cells Exist, right? So develop a methane-powered rocket with electric pumps powered by a Methane Fuel cell, no need for a battery.

  • Alfi Halma
    Alfi Halma2 måneder siden

    Why ships and not returning it to pad?

  • Ilya Chaplygin
    Ilya Chaplygin2 måneder siden

    If we put together two Protons, two Neutrons and two Electron rockets we'll build a brand-new Helium rocket!

  • azmOh
    azmOh2 måneder siden

    Imagine how big CELL rocket will be

  • Revanth Maadhastu
    Revanth Maadhastu2 måneder siden

    below link is of rocket lab's neutron rocket video what is the music at 2:17 ?

  • David Evans
    David Evans2 måneder siden

    Constructing a giant dry dock, at the end of a short canal channel. That would be a floating launch Platform which mates into and then sits squarely in the centre. Would give any large wide loads, a sea level launch site and also help the transportation to site a lot easier. Rocket construction facilities and post landing facilities could be housed off site, like in a hanger like building, at the end of another Canal channel. Like how new ships get built or nuclear submarines these days. Finding the right location would be the hard bit. Old dockyards or salvage breakers that could be repurposed away from people. Built from scratch.

  • Exasperant
    Exasperant2 måneder siden

    The batteries thing - Why not run the engines on hydrogen, and also have a hydrogen fuel cell to power the pumps?

  • johnny llooddte
    johnny llooddte2 måneder siden

    a neutron rocket.. impossible

  • nesa1126
    nesa11262 måneder siden

    I think that Peter is just watching this nervously taking notes.

  • david schneide
    david schneide2 måneder siden

    C'mon Scott, Rocket Lab worked hard to get 8,000kg of cargo into LEO, and you took away 18% by omitting "metric" & saying "8 tons"...

  • Anarchy Antz
    Anarchy Antz2 måneder siden

    "Its not about the money and we arent going to sell out you can trust us" "Oh we wanted to get that sweet sweet government and corruption money"

  • Ernest Galvan
    Ernest Galvan2 måneder siden

    ..StarLiner is “flying”.???

  • Gary
    Gary2 måneder siden

    Beck also confirmed that Neutron will launch from New Zealand as well.

  • Wayne Coburn
    Wayne Coburn2 måneder siden

    muon would have been a way, way better name 😂

  • Karthick Ashwath
    Karthick Ashwath2 måneder siden

    Gangayaan? Seriously sir? After all these days of space news coverage you call Gaganyaan(Gagan means sky, yaan means vehicle in this context so its named as sky vehicle) as Gangayaan? P.S. No offense intended :-D

  • sanityd1
    sanityd12 måneder siden

    And that's why you're not in charge of marketing...

  • Zoltán Pósfai
    Zoltán Pósfai2 måneder siden

    I'm looking forward to the day when Rocket Lab will deliver Kuiper satellites for Blue Origin.

  • schlend 123
    schlend 1232 måneder siden

    Hopefully it was organic

  • Scott
    Scott2 måneder siden

    20 years ago when I was small, I remember reading about all these space launch companies, and in 20 years since then, I am still so taken a back by where everything is now

  • petlahk
    petlahk2 måneder siden

    *BLIND SPECULATION ALERT* If this is an American company quietly taking over the Ukrainian-produced Antares and just tweaking it a bit... I wonder if they have some sort of deal with the Ukraine or Russia to actually launch protons later. That would be interesting. I don't care. A lot of people who get worked up about silly things would be very upset, but it would be interesting.

  • David
    David2 måneder siden

    Scoot looks bored

  • MidwestNerd
    MidwestNerd2 måneder siden

    I would give up everything I own to own what's left of that hat

  • Nether World
    Nether World2 måneder siden