Relativity Space is working to 3D print the Terran 1 rocket in 60 days using laser printing and direct energy deposition. They will have a test flight in 2020 and will have commercial flights in 2021.
They use proprietary materials which are custom designed for printing. They are using stronger alloys designed to take advantage of Stargate’s printing physics. They have highly reliable materials for printing rocket structures and are using an in-house metallurgy and material characterization lab
Terran 1 Baseline:
1,250 KG TO 185 KM LEO
900 KG TO 500 KM SSO
HIGH ALTITUDE PAYLOAD:
700 KG TO 1200 KM SSO
List Price per launch: $10 Million
Price per kilogram, SSO: $11,000/KG
Price per kilogram, LEO: $8,000/KG
Ridesharing price : + 15%
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1 thought on “Fully 3D Printed Rocket Engine in Just 3 Parts and Full Printed Rocket in 60 Days”
wow.. now 3D print things that we actually *need for survival*, namely room-pressure MSRs.
If they are printing high-performance rocket engines, they could print anything.
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