3D printed rocket startup Relativity Space gets the green light to launch from Cape Canaveral
Venture-funded launch startup Relativity Space will set up shop on the Space Coast to launch its 3D-printed rockets by 2020. It’s the first company from the market for small launch vehicles – a growing segment in the commercial space industry – to lock down such a deal in Cape Canaveral.
Los Angeles-based Relativity announced yesterday that it won a Statement of Capability from the Air Force, allowing the company to outfit Launch Complex 16 with facilities for payload processing and vehicle integration.
“Having the rare path toward an exclusive-use agreement at LC-16 ensures our satellite customers will have access to far more schedule certainty, and enables us to execute more frequent launches,” Tim Ellis, cofounder and CEO of Relativity, said in a press release.
Once the site for the Air Force’s Titan and Pershing ballistic missile programs, the roughly 20-acre launch pad will support Relativity’s Terran 1 – a mid-sized, low-cost rocket made mostly from 3D-printed metallic alloys….
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