Terran R, the reusable and 3D printed rocket that seeks to compete face-to-face with SpaceX’s Falcon 9
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 seems to have no rival. Makes all the headlines when it comes to space launches thanks to its record after record reuse. However, Elon Musk’s company is not the only one looking to place items in orbit using reusable rockets. One of the most promising is Relativity Space, and have announced the arrival of their rival for Falcon 9.
Relativity Space is a space rocket builder with a differential factor: use 3D printing. In order to cut costs and make iterations faster, they use gigantic 3D printers to make most of the rocket. The first of their rockets is Terran 1, which will arrive later this year. The next? Terran R, which will also be reusable.
Relativity, valued at $ 2.3 billion, ranks as one of the world’s most valuable private space companies. Since its founding more than five years ago in Los Angeles, has raised and hundreds of millions of dollars in different rounds of funding. The most exciting feature is undoubtedly its 3D printing of the rockets, something that CNBC got a close look when visiting their facilities.
The rival for Falcon 9
The company has been developing in recent years Terran 1, which while not reusable, follows a structure and design very similar to the future Terran R. Terran 1 is priced at $ 12 million per launch and is designed to transport 1,250 kilograms to low Earth orbit. This places Terran 1 in a position between Rocket Lab’s tiny Electron and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in price and transport capacity.
Terran R, which seeks to rival Falcon 9, will increase its capacity “about 20 times” compared to Terran 1, according to the company. That is, with those more than 20,000 kilograms it would be positioned directly in the same spectrum as SpaceX’s Falcon 9, capable of carrying up to 22,800 kilograms. At the moment, however, it has not been confirmed what price it will have, to get an idea, the Falcon 9 has a cost of 62 million dollars per launch.
The point to keep in mind here is if the rocket becomes really reusable, they have not yet flown with them to prove it. It has taken SpaceX years to get its rockets to land safely back on Earth’s surface. New Zealand’s Rocket Lab meanwhile manage to capture them in the air and with networks because they are smaller. Blue Origin de Jeff Bezos It is one of the few found in the select club of reusable rocket builders. Other as Age they will directly use airplanes.
Via | Space