WATCH REPLAY: First Ever 3D Printed Rocket Launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
By Space Coast Daily // March 23, 2023
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WATCH: Terran 1, the first-ever 3D printed rocket, was launched into space on Wednesday night from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station by Relativity Space.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Terran 1, the first-ever 3D printed rocket, was launched into space on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station by Relativity Space.
The launch was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but was scrubbed after a 3-hour launch window, only to be scrubbed again on Saturday.
This launch of Terran 1 is the first orbital attempt by Relativity and did not include a customer payload.
The mission is called ‘Good Luck Have Fun.’
The second stage engine failed and the rocket did not succeed in entering orbit, however, the Relativity Space considered the launch as an accomplishment because the first stage got to MECO (Main Engine Cut Off).
Relativity Space operates out of Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and is seeking to launch smaller satellites to low earth orbit.
“In some ways, I suppose we can once again thank SpaceX for providing a whole new generation of rocket engineers to do the next generation of entrepreneurship in space and space launch,” said Florida Tech Associate Professor Don Platt.
Standing 110 feet tall and 7.5 feet wide, Terran 1 is the largest 3D-printed object to attempt orbital flight. As a two-stage, expendable rocket, Terran 1 has nine 3D-printed Aeon engines on its first stage and one Aeon Vac on its second stage.
Like its structure, all Relativity engines are entirely 3D printed and use liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid natural gas (LNG), which are not only the best for rocket propulsion, but also for reusability and the easiest to eventually transition to methane on Mars.