Yusuf Balogun

World's First 3D-printed Rocket Launched

Relativity Space launches the world's first 3D-printed rocket on a historic test flight but fails to reach orbit.

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The Relativity Space rocket, called Terran 1, lifted off from Launch Complex 16 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 8:25 p.m. EST/0025 GMT March 23. 

Terran 1 

Terran 1 performed well initially, but something went wrong shortly thereafter, at around three minutes into the flight, and the upper stage failed to reach orbit. 

Relativity Space, which Ellis and fellow Blue Origin alum Jordan Noone founded in 2016, aims to launch relatively small payloads with the expendable, two-stage Terran 1. 

The 110-foot-tall rocket is capable of delivering up to 2,756 pounds to low Earth orbit, according to Relativity Space which is selling Terran 1 launches for $12 million apiece. 

This first Terran 1 rocket was about 85% 3D-printed material by mass, but the company aims to get that number up to about 95% on future vehicles.

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