Relativity Space, an American startup, is gearing up for the third launch attempt of Terran 1, the world’s first 3D printed rocket. This rocket is considered to be relatively cheaper to manufacture and launch as compared to its traditional counterparts, owing to its 3D printed construction.
The first launch attempt was scheduled on March 8th from Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, last-minute checks revealed some issues with the propellant temperature, leading to the cancellation of the launch. A second launch attempt was made on March 11th, but the rocket experienced problems with its fuel pressure.
Despite the initial setbacks, the company hopes that the third launch attempt will be successful. The rocket is designed to reach low Earth orbit after 8 minutes, demonstrating the capability of 3D printed rockets to withstand space flights.
The Terran 1 rocket is 110 feet tall, with 85% of its construction being 3D printed using metal alloys. The rocket features nine engines, named the Aeon 1’s, which are also 3D printed. The entire rocket was built in just 60 days and is claimed to be the largest 3D printed object in the world, made using the world’s biggest 3D printers.
Although the first flight of Terran 1 will carry no payload, the rocket has a payload carrying capacity of 1,250 kilograms. Relativity Space has set a goal of developing 95% 3D printed rockets, as they require 100 times fewer parts than traditional rockets and can be built in less time.
If successful, the Terran 1 will mark a significant milestone in the space industry, demonstrating the viability of 3D printed rockets for space missions. The 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize the way rockets are designed and built, leading to more cost-effective and efficient space exploration.
In conclusion, with the third launch attempt of the Terran 1 rocket, Relativity Space is determined to demonstrate the reliability and efficiency of 3D printed rockets. The company’s ambitious goal of developing 95% 3D printed rockets may well be the future of space exploration.