Relativity Is Creating the First Autonomous Rocket Factory

Relativity Is Creating the First Autonomous Rocket Factory

A new startup Relativity Space is creating the rocket factory of the future. Relativity is creating an entirely reimagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly and build the future of humanity in space.

So, Relativity is an orbital launch company that will deploy and resupply satellite constellations to connect and improve our planet. They are taking a fundamentally new approach to build and fly rockets.

Ellis predicts his company’s 3D printed rockets — at $10 million per launch and entirely produced in the United States — will be flying military satellites a few years from now.

“We won’t just be a government contractor. We have significant commercial interests, but we really think we can serve both markets,” Ellis said.

According to their official web site “we plan to be the orbital launch services leader for satellite constellations”.

A launch site in the United States will be selected later this year. The company expects to fly its Terran 1 rocket by late 2020, with a goal to start commercial launches in 2021. Terran’s 3D printed engine, named Aeon 1, is being tested at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, where the company signed a 20-year lease.

[Military and intelligence agencies have warned that adversaries will try to disrupt or blind U.S. satellites like GPS and communications spacecraft in geosynchronous Earth orbit. They are discussing a shift of military space capabilities to more resilient constellations of smaller satellites in lower orbits that could be repaired or replaced quickly], mentions

“This will not be possible without 3D printing and an automated approach,” said Ellis. He noted that 3D printing has not been widely adopted yet in the space industry. “Many companies are doing components piece by piece. We are going all in, printing pretty much the entire thing. We really think that’s the future.”