The company Relativity Space reported in attracting $ 35 million of investors' funds, which will soon be spent on the creation of the second complex “Stargate”. Today it is called the largest 3D printer in the world, although in fact it is a mini-factory based on robotic systems. It was specially designed to once print a full-fledged space rocket – almost entirely.
Relativity Space has been working since 2015 and aims to create an alternative class of carrier rockets for bringing payloads into near space. They will not be assembled from details, but printed at once with large fragments on the Stargate complex. The availability of a second 3D printer will allow the company to begin training personnel in parallel with the conduct of experiments. And by the end of this year to show a real result.
The printed missile is much cheaper than all others due to the fact that it has only 1,000 nodes instead of 100,000, as in the case of typical platforms. The truth and power of the carrier is symbolic, it will be able to bring to Earth orbit a total of 1250 kg of cargo. That is, it's about a one-time, simple launch costing less than $ 10 million, available to any customer – in this niche startup simply does not have competitors.
Experience Relativity Space is so interesting to mankind that NASA has already allocated a company to rent for 20 years a test site Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. It is expected that by the end of 2018 the first printed engine of the “Aeon” model will be tested, after which nine such engines will deliver the Terran missile into space in 2020. And if everything goes smoothly, commercial flights of printed missiles will begin in 2021.js.src = “&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));