Relativity Space: our rocket - the largest piece, printed the 3D-printer
Startup Relativity Space began publishing booster rockets before anyone else. Now experts managed to create an almost monolithic structure with a minimum of individual parts, most of which are embedded in the unibody vehicle. Tim Ellis, Head of Relativity Space, explained that their missiles have good aerodynamic properties and look very futuristic, as details form calculates the software specially designed for the printing of missiles.
The company is now developing its own Aeon 1 engine that can run on liquid oxygen and methane, producing about seven tons of thrust. The first test of the engine have been completed at the test site NASA, located in Mississippi.
The result of the work should be a two-stage booster Terran 1, which will equip nine engines Aeon 1. Such a missile could withdraw into a low orbit and a half tons of payload, which means that with its help you can run the whole group of small satellites. Terran 1 - small rocket, but its capabilities will significantly exceed mikrorakety designed for 50-200 kilograms of cargo, with due thanks to cheaper production will cost quite inexpensive 3D-printing missile launches, and to create them will leave much less time than competitors. The first rocket launch scheduled for 2021. Subsequent development of the near-Earth orbit will not be limited - Relativity Space is going to ever print a rocket and send it to Mars. Ambitious plans are not random manual, because in the start-up team includes former employees of SpaceX and Blue Origin, previously engaged in the development of space rockets and other devices.