In the United States opened the first factory for stand-alone 3D-printing space rockets
Space agencies and private companies in all ways trying to reduce the cost of sending cargo into orbit. While SpaceX makes its reusable rocket based its originating company Relativity Space wants to simplify assembly and reduce their cost. To this end, it intends to use the huge 3D-printer is the Stargate, which has finally found a place - it will be installed inside a large industrial building in the Mississippi, which is already 30 years, NASA and not used.
Industrial building under number 9101 got the space agency of the US military - until 1990 it was carried ammunition production. Due to the area more than 20, 000 square meters and a short distance from the place of fire tests, it is a great place to build rockets Relativity Space. How much the company has managed to rent the building is not known, but it is a term of nine years and may be extended for another 10 years.
The plant of 3D-printers to speed up the assembly of missiles
The building already equipped with several overhead cranes to move the huge missile components, and has a 24-meter compartment for their vertical position. Rather than build a building from scratch, the company can now easily make the rented 3D-printer Stargate room with machine learning and in a few months to run a stand-alone assembly inexpensive rockets Terran-1. The company will employ about 200 Mississippi residents.
The large space will produce 12 to 24 Terran-1 missiles a year, providing greater flexibility and faster start-up time - announced Dushl Tobey, vice president of operations of Relativity.
Stargate 3D-printer for launch vehicles
Using the technology of 3D-printing company wants to reduce the number of missile parts from 100 000 to 1 000. This greatly reduce assembly costs and space rockets, respectively, reduce the cost of launching satellites into orbit. It is believed that the seal carrier rocket Terran 1 will take about two months, and its maximum payload is approximately 1250 kilograms. We can say that the missiles Relativity Space will be the large parts of the world printed the 3D-printer.
3D-printer is the Stargate
After printing of all missile components, the company will be able to conduct fire tests 2-3 kilometers from the plant - as mentioned, the company's test site is located quite close. From there, the rocket will be sent to the launch pad LC-16, located at Cape Canaveral. The agreement with the US Air Force to launch rockets from this area were received in early 2019.
The test launch of the carrier rocket Terran 1 is scheduled for 2020 and the first commercial implementation of orders - on 2021. Not to miss the latest news of Relativity Space activities, subscribe to our Telegram-channel announcements of fresh materials.