Relativity Space, a 3D rocket printing startup, said it plans to do a “significant expansion” in operations and manufacturing to increase production from its Terran rocket production line.
The company just completed a $ 650 million Series A financing announced earlier this month – on Wednesday (June 30), it signed one million square feet (93,000 square meters) at the Goodman Mall). his current hometown, Long Beach, California. Link 

The93-acre factory was once the Boeing C17 military transport aircraft manufacturing facility, with the last C17 produced there in 2015. Now, the Relativity factory will be the primary tenant of the planned 437-acre commercial area to the west. from Long Beach airport, the company said. It also plans to retain its existing factory space and continue to produce its Terran 1 rocket. Link 
Relativity Space introduces the fully reusable 3D printed Terran R rocket
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Relativity will occupy a new space in January 2022 and will eventually house dozens The company’s proprietary Stargate Printer Company can produce Terran 1 and its recently announced reusable rocket version, called Terran R. Relativity said the facility will incorporate 3D printing, artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics technology to create a new rocket in less than 60 days. Link 
will also provide space for more than 2,000 employees as part of the recruitment wave of Relativity’s plan. The company now has more than 400 employees, an increase of 300% over last year, and they are distributed across the United States. Link 
The value of the signed contract was not disclosed, but in a press release, CEO and co-founder Tim Ellis stated that this move “is the key to expanding our Terran R program, while also continuing to use it here [Long Beach]. incomparable] join our mission. “ Link 
Relativity was established five years ago and its investors include” Shark Tank “venture capitalist Mark Cuban. The company has yet to launch a rocket, but Ellis recently told Ars Technica that the company’s goal is to “subvert” the traditional approach to rocket manufacturing, which takes months of hard work to produce a single reinforcement with handcrafted parts.
A rendering of the future Relativity Space factory space in Long Beach, California. Link 
A rendering of the future Relativity Space factory space in Long Beach, California. Link 
(Image source: Relativity Space) Ellis said in an interview that
R elativity will transport the first Terran 1 ready to fly in the second phase to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi “near the end of the summer” for heat tests. The Cape Canaveral Space Force in Florida first plans to launch
Relativity and Terran 1 is still scheduled for launch later this year, and Terran R will fly in 2024 if the schedule remains the same. The company signed a binding contract with an unnamed “main customer” of Ellis, involving several Terran R versions. According to Reuters, the launch cost of Terran 1 is approximately US$12 million, and Terran R’s pricing has not yet been announced. Link 

Once the is ready, Terran R will be much smaller than its main reusable competitor SpaceX’s Falcon 9, and it will have a superior flexible orbit that can send payloads into space. Generally, companies with smaller rockets say that the benefit of using them is that customers have more flexibility in choosing when to launch, rather than waiting for a slot in the second Falcon 9 payload to open. Link 

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