Relativity Space Long Beach facility (Source: Relativity Space)

Relativity Space facility will print rockets in Long Beach

Launch start-up Relativity Space recently announced it is moving into 120,000 square feet of new space in Long Beach, California.  The new facility will hold both the company’s business operations and all the machinery it needs to 3D print its Terran 1 rocket.

“Relativity is disrupting nearly sixty years of prior aerospace technology by building a new manufacturing platform using robotics, 3D printing, and AI. With no fixed tooling, Relativity has enabled a massive part count and risk reduction, increased iteration speed and created an entirely new value chain,” said Tim Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Relativity Space. “I’m confident our autonomous factory will become the future technology stack for the entire aerospace industry.” 

Staff is already moving into the new headquarters and the additive manufacturing infrastructure is “transitioning” over, according to a February 20, 2020 press release.  The factory side will house all production for the Terran 1 rocket, Aeon engine assembly, as well as integrated software, avionics and materials development labs.  Production of the entire Terran 1 rocket will take place at the new facility, including an enlarged payload faring to accommodate more payload volume.

Relatively recently closed a $140 million Series C funding round. It has also secured rights to launch from Cape Canaveral and has secured test rights at NASA test sites along with an exclusive lease of a 220,000 square foot factor at NASA Stennis Space Center.

Doug Mohney

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