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January 18, 2019
3D printed rocket startup Relativity Space gets the green light to launch from Cape Canaveral

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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