The US plans to launch a satellite using a 3D-printed rocket

As reported Space.com such a launch could cost Relativity company $ 10 million.

The American company Relativity, headquartered in Los Angeles (California), intends to manufacture a launch vehicle, all parts of which will be created for the first time using a 3D printer. The Internet portal Space.com. reported that the two-stage Terran-1 launch vehicle should deliver 1250 kg of payload into low orbit. The cost of one launch is estimated to be $10 million.

According to representatives of the company, they own the world’s largest 3D printer Stargate, able to print parts of the rocket within 60 days. Stargate is constantly improving and operating faster through the use of sensors and automatic learning system, – the company’s representatives said. “We are creating a completely new type of production.”

The company has already signed a contract for the launch of the Canadian satellite Telesat and reached an agreement on the launch in 2022 of the satellite telecommunications company from Thailand.

Earlier, according to the Fabricator portal, Relativity manufactured an engine for the Aion-1 rocket, consisting of more than 100 components. The use of a 3D printer will produce a launch vehicle of only about a thousand nodes, while the number of nodes exceeds 100 thousand when creating a launch vehicle by conventional methods.