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The World’s First 3D-Printed Rocket Is About to Launch


Relativity Space is launching the World's First 3D-Printed Rocket, Terran 1, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is fuel by liquid oxygen and liquid natural gas, and 85% of the rocket by mass was 3D-printed. The goal of the launch is to collect data. The launch was originally planned for March 8, but was scrubbed. The next available launch window was on March 11 and they were unable to launch, so the next available launch window opened on March 22 and the launch was successful. The rocket met the company's objectives but did not reach orbit due to an issue with the engines.


What is the name of the 3D-printed rocket set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida?
The 3D-printed rocket set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida is called Terran 1.

What is the name of the company responsible for the rocket launch?
The company responsible for the rocket launch is Relativity Space.

What advantages does 3D-printing offer over traditional rocket-building methods?
The advantages of 3D-printing over traditional rocket-building methods include reduced labor costs, easier supply chain management, and ultimately less expensive space hardware.

What is the goal of the inaugural launch of the 3D-printed rocket?
The goal of the inaugural launch of the 3D-printed rocket is to collect as much data as possible and learn as much as possible from the flight.

What other companies are exploring 3D-printing applications in space?
Other companies exploring 3D-printing applications in space include Fleet Space and Redwire (formerly Made in Space).

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Technical terms

3D Printing
A process of creating three-dimensional objects from a digital file using a variety of materials, such as plastic, metal, and composites.
Max Q
The point in a rocket's trajectory when the dynamic pressure on the rocket is at its maximum.
To force a material through a die or other opening to form a desired shape.
Robotic Arm
A mechanical arm that is programmed to move in a specific way to perform a task.
Aluminum Alloy
A metal composed of aluminum and other elements, such as copper, magnesium, and zinc.
A large 3D printer developed by Relativity Space to create the rocket stages and components.
Liquid Oxygen
A cryogenic liquid used as a rocket fuel.
Liquid Natural Gas
A cryogenic liquid used as a rocket fuel.
Reusable Rocket
A rocket that can be used multiple times.
Falcon 9
A two-stage rocket developed by SpaceX.
A condition in which gravity is so weak that it has little or no effect on objects.
A 3D printer that uses biological materials, such as human cells, to create objects.
A layer of loose, unconsolidated material covering solid rock on the surface of a planet or moon.

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