Aerial view of the company’s planned plant near Long Beach Airport in California.
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3D-printing company Relativity Space is adding a second plant in Long Beach, California, where the former Boeing base is located, where the company will relocate its headquarters and focus on creating fully reusable rockets.
“It will definitely continue to expand our ambitions and, of course, build and develop and launch Terran R,” Relativity CEO Tim Ellis told Acesparks.
The company, which has raised nearly $ 1.2 billion in investment over the past eight months, expects to build a new facility this summer and move into January 2022. The former Boeing C-17 aircraft plant, which covers more than a million square feet, is “a very scary building,” Ellis said.
“Historically, as an aerospace structure, this means that there are no columns in the middle of the plant, like a freely supported ceiling, for example. It has huge bridge cranes that lift heavy objects, so it’s already there. equipped with a lot of parts. Turn it into a really great aerospace plant, ”Ellis said.
“This is a measure for us to continue to grow over the next few years, maybe decades,” he added.
The new building built Relativity’s current 120,000-square-foot headquarters in Long Beach and moved in last year. The new headquarters will have room for more than 2,000 employees, a metal lab, a machine shop, the company’s “dozens” of 3D printer bays and a task control center.
Details about the company’s new plant near Long Beach Airport in California.
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The company plans to use 3D printing to build rockets, a process that requires thousands of parts less than Relativity and takes less than 60 days due to a simplified supply chain.
Relativity is already starting to build some initial parts of the Terran R rocket and could build the entire rocket in its existing location. Ellis said the larger building will have enough space to build “100 times more hits” and “too many” missiles a year than Relativity’s current building.
The new building has more space than Terran R should produce for Relativity, but Ellis said it is the only advice he can give for “other plans” for the company.
Terran 1 on the road
The artist demonstrates Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket at the launch site at Cape Canaveral LC-16 in Florida.
Relativity is developing two Terran 1 and Terran R missiles, the first being a single-use vehicle that competes with the companies ’medium-range missiles. Like ABL Space or Firefly Aerospace and the latter as a fully reusable engine that competes with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. Ellis said his company is now “assembling the first phase of a real orbital flight rocket” to launch its first Terran 1 later this year.
“We are currently entering the final engine sorting campaign for Terran 1,” Ellis said. “Terran 1 launch pad [in Florida] on the verge of completion … so a lot of things to do at the end of this year remain in the domestic direction. “
The company’s existing headquarters will continue to be used in the production of Terran 1 missiles. Relativity currently has more than 400 employees and expects to add more than 200 more by the end of this year.
From the inside of the 3D printing house, the production process of the Terran 1 second stage flight tank over time is shown:
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While the relative expansion and rapid accumulation of funds is one of the most expensive private companies in the space industry, valued at $ 4.2 billion, Ellis said these stages are secondary to the goal of launching the first rocket later this year. stressed.
“By the end of the day, it’s in the orbit business. Of course, it’s all a great signal and momentum to get there, but the infrastructure itself isn’t going to succeed, but it’s a huge opportunity,” Ellis said.
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