Aerospace 3D printing pioneer Relativity is scheduled for its first Terran 1 launch, called GLHF (Good Luck, Have Fun), from Launch Complex 16 (LC-16) at Cape Canaveral in the summer of 2022. This launch Terran 1 is the first orbital launch attempt by Relativity and will not include a client payload. In the future, the rocket will support a payload of up to 1,250 kg / 2756 lbs for LEO, with a maximum target altitude of 500 km / 310 miles.
As a two-stage disposable rocket 110 feet (33.5 meters) high and 7.5 feet (2.8 meters) wide, Terran 1 is the largest 3D printed object to exist and attempt flight. orbital. It has a dry mass of 9,280 kg (20,458 lb).
Working towards its goal of being 95% 3D printed, Relativity’s first Terran 1 vehicle is 85% 3D mass printed. Terran 1 has nine Aeon engines on its first stage and one Aeon Vac on its second stage. Aeon engines can generate thrust (at sea level) of 100,000 N / 23,000 lbf per engine and thrust (in vacuum) of 113,000 N / 25,400 lbf.
Like its structure, all Relativity engines are fully 3D printed and use liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid natural gas (LNG), which are not only best for rocket propulsion, but also for reuse, and the easiest to eventually switch to methane. March. As one of the industry’s few LOX/LNG-powered rockets, Terran 1 is in the race to be the first LOX/LNG rocket to fly.
Relativity’s exclusive Future Factory focuses on Stargate, the world’s largest metal 3D printers, which will create Terran 1, the world’s first 3D printed rocket, and the first fully reusable, fully 3D printed rocket, Terran R , from raw material to flight in 60 days. As a 93-acre former Boeing C-17 manufacturing plant in Long Beach, Relativity’s new headquarters, designed in collaboration with Gensler, is one of the largest headquarters in the private space industry.
Relativity’s headquarters has a capacity of over 2,000 employees, a metallurgical lab, DMLS printers, a mission control center, plus dozens of the company’s exclusive Stargate 3D printers, the largest metal 3D printers in the world. With the software modifications, Relativity’s Stargate printers are capable of printing both Terran 1, the world’s first fully 3D-printed launch vehicle, and its fully reusable, fully 3D-printed rocket, Terran R.