Relativity Space Closer to Launch of 3D Printed Rockets
Updated · Feb 21, 2022
Relativity Space is edging towards the launch of the world’s first 3D printed commercial rocket, the Terran 1.
Nearing Blast Off
Relativity Space is just one of several spaceflight companies that have sprung up over the last decade. That said, it stands out in a unique way. Unlike other similar rocket startups, Relativity Space is harnessing 3D printers and proprietary software to build rockets.
Now, it is confident that it is not far off from joining industry giants like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic in space.
Set record for engine tests in a single day… 9 full tests complete yesterday. Stage integration making amazing progress too. Launch feeling closer and closer 😎
— Tim Ellis (@thetimellis) February 4, 2022
According to Co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis, its goal to bridge mankind with other planets using 3D-printed technology is within reach.
Terran 1, the two-stage, expandable launch rocket, has been under development since 2017. The orbital demonstration launch of the rocket was initially set for the winter of 2021 but was pushed back to this year.
When it does launch, it will be the lift off of the world’s first wholly 3D-printed rocket. The company prints virtually every component of the 200-foot-tall rocket. This significantly cuts down the production time when compared to its rivals. It is confident of assembling its line of rockets from raw material stage in 60 days.
Relativity Space is already working on a more powerful upgrade of its pioneer rocket, dubbed Terran R.
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