Long Beach Company’s 3D Rocket Poised To Make First Launch


By Marcia Dunn | The Associated Press

A rocket made almost entirely of 3D parts was poised to blast off Wednesday on its debut launch.

Long Beach-based Relativity Space is attempting to launch the rocket to orbit from Cape Canaveral.

It’s a relatively small rocket, just 110 feet, and won’t be carrying anything for this test flight.

About 85% of the rocket, named Terran, is made of 3D parts printed at the company’s factory, including its engines. Relativity Space aims to increase that percentage on its future versions.

The company in 2021 signed a long-term lease at the 93-acre, former Boeing campus.

“We were intent on building our footprint in Long Beach as it’s a great talent pool and innovation hub, supported by initiatives of the city,” Tim Ellis, CEO and cofounder of Relativity Space, said nearly two years ago as the startup formed.

SpaceX’s Falcon rockets have been flying with 3D parts for years, but not nearly to the extent of Relativity Space’s new rocket.

Relativity Space said its rocket is the largest 3D-printed object to exist and attempt orbital flight.

Businessman Mark Cuban of TV’s “Shark Tank” was among the early investors in the company.

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