Weather is looking good for Relativity Space’ second attempt at launching its 3D printed Terran 1 rocket into orbit on its first-ever flight. The new launch window opens on March 11th from 1-4pm ET at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The Terran 1 rocket is designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit, and is 85% 3D printed by mass, using a proprietary printing process that significantly reduces the time and cost of manufacturing rockets. Relativity Space claims that its technology can print and launch a rocket in just 60 days, a feat that would take traditional rocket manufacturers years to accomplish.
The launch scheduled for Saturday, March 11th will mark Relativity Space’s second attempt to launch the Terran 1 rocket. The first attempt was originally scheduled for March 8th but was delayed due to propellant issues. Relativity Space has since rectified the issues and has expressed confidence that the Terran 1 will launch successfully this time.
“Today is a big day for Relativity Space, and we’re thrilled to be launching the Terran 1 rocket,” said Tim Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Relativity Space. “We’ve worked tirelessly to get to this point, and we’re confident that our 3D printing technology will revolutionize the aerospace industry.”
The launch of the Terran 1 rocket is a significant milestone for Relativity Space, which has raised over $1.2 billion in funding over eight rounds. The success of the launch will be a crucial step in the company’s mission to disrupt the traditional rocket manufacturing industry and make space more accessible for small satellites.
The launch window opens at 1 pm ET on March 11th and closes at 4 pm ET. The launch will be live-streamed below and at SpaceCoastLaunchCalendar.com.
The success of the launch will be a significant achievement for the company and could pave the way for more 3D printed rockets in the future.