Rocket Launch

3D Printed Rocket Launch From Florida Set For March 22, 2023

UPDATE: Relativity Space 3D-Printed Rocket Launches From Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of the world’s first 3D printed rocket is set to liftoff from Launch Complex 16 in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, after two scrubbed launch attempts.

The launch window remains open until 1 a.m. Eastern Time on March 23.

Relativity Space’s first launch of Terran 1, called “GLHF” (Good Luck, Have Fun), is the first orbital attempt by Relativity Space and will not include a customer payload.

Launch Weather 95% ‘GO’

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 95% chance of favorable weather for launch.

The primary weather concern is cumulus clouds.

3D Printed Rocket

As a two-stage, 110ft. tall, 7.5 ft. wide, expendable rocket, Terran 1 is the largest 3D printed object to exist and to attempt orbital flight.

Relativity’s first Terran 1 vehicle is 85% 3D printed by mass but the company’s goal is to ultimately reach 95% 3D printed.

Terran 1 has nine Aeon engines in its first stage, and one Aeon Vac in its second stage.

Like its structure, all Relativity engines are 3D printed and use liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid natural gas (LNG), which Relative Space claims is not only the best for rocket propulsion, but also for reusability, and the easiest to eventually transition to methane on Mars.

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