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Relativity Space Aims for 3D Printed Rocket Satellite Thai Launch

Space.com reports on a recent announcement by 3D printed rocket company Relativity.  Apparently Relativity is partnering with Thai satellite “company mu Space, to launch a satellite into low Earth orbit in about three years.”

“The mu Space satellite would launch in 2022 on what Relativity officials call the first 3D printed rocket ever built.  According to them, this vehicle – Terran 1 – is designed to carry up to 2,756 lbs. (1,250 kilograms) into low Earth orbit, with a cost of $10 million per launch.”

Relativity’s metal 3D printer, which the company has dubbed their ‘Stargate machine,’ is apparently “the largest metal 3D printer in the world, with the capacity to transform raw materials into a rocket, like Terran 1, in less than 60 days.”

As Relativity’s website explains: “Stargate is constantly getting smarter and faster by using sensors and reward function-based learning.  We are creating an entirely new type of evolvable production line.  Relativity aims to disrupt decades of global aerospace manufacturing.”

For now, Relativity “strives to deploy and resupply satellite constellations into orbit around Earth.  [However, the company is making] bold plans for its future.  By scaling rockets quickly, Relativity hopes to build the future of humanity in space: the future of humanity is interplanetary.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Space.com

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