NSF Live: SpaceX Brings Booster 7 Back to the Pad, Rocket Lab's First Catch, and More Space News

NSF Live is’s weekly show covering the latest in spaceflight. It is broadcast live on Sundays at 3 pm Eastern. On each show, we rotate through various hosts and special guests.

Today’s episode is hosted by John Galloway (Host and Producer, Chris Gebhardt (Assistant Managing Editor at, and Alejandro Alcantarilla (Writer at

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  1. I absolutely LOVE NSF!!! Fun chats like this, and an amazing database of stunning info at the website, makes armchair engineers like myself so happy! Orgs like yours are the reason I logged onto the internet in the early '90s.

  2. Watching at 2x speed and yet, the verbiage is still excessive and gushy. Edit it before you put it out there.You'll save every body time; and time is money.

  3. Looks like the rocket landing failed due to it falling over. You can see it in the last couple frames, the nosecone is moving laterally.

  4. @NASASpaceflight If it is complete, does it mean if it is positive? Oh, Alejandro answered it in a way…

  5. If I recall from an old documentary, in early attempts to catch the film capsules for the early Corona spy satellite program, they couldn't deal with the oscillations with a helicopter, so ended up doing it with a fixed wing aircraft. I might be mistaken. I'm sure they watch old space documentaries.

  6. Rocklab has a catch and release
    Need to do McGreggor version of 1812!
    Oh no they are referring to the TSA now inspecting Starship. It will be delayed on each flight now.

  7. For the next Mars large drone, each rotors should also be a drone after the larger isn’t viable. Then you have 5-7… small drones to explore. Also allow for a base with larger solar/batteries to recharge + spend the winter hooked up to base station for component warming survival.

  8. Maybe the type of catch net set up SpaceX tried for fairings might work in the Rocketlab recovery plan. Catch it, lower it into the net, then secure it with an onboard crane. Lowering a long cylinder onto a deck, attaching rigging while in the air, breaking over,, securing etc. seems like a bit of a nightmare. There are obviously some very skilled people out there that could do this, but why do the risk? I think a soft drop might be an option.

  9. Do raptor 2 engines really have significant less piping than booster 1 had or did they just move all those loose pipes to the booster instead of each raptor?

  10. Was late but watched the whole vod now, great show.

    We will we get a special guest soon?

  11. สวัสดีค่ะ ยามเช้า ๙/๕/๒๐๒๒ 🌐🌐🌐

  12. FYI: i.e. titanium reacts badly to saltwater, saltwater corrosion, forming mirco-cracks.