Relativity Space signs its the satellite transportation company Momentus as its first customer

Relativity Space, the startup creating manufacturing technologies for completely 3D printed rockets and space gear, has signed its most up-to-date paying client, the orbital transportation startup, Momentus.

Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket will carry Momentus’ compact and medium-sized satellite payloads on its rocket and Momentus will then move these satellites into geosynchronous orbit working with its personal in-space shuttle technologies.

The deal involving Momentus and Relativity covers the initially Terran 1 launch scheduled for 2021, with the choice for 5 added Relativity launches, according to a statement from the corporation.

Carrying Momentus’ payloads enables the corporation to incorporate extra diverse ranges of orbits for Terran 1’s initial launch, which includes geostationary transfer orbit, Lunar and deep space orbits, reduce inclinations and phasing many spacecraft in low Earth orbit, the corporation stated.

The tie-up hyperlinks two of Y Combinator’s space-focused alumni, with Momentus graduating in 2018 and Relativity launching from the accelerator in 2016.

In July, Momentus closed on a $25 million round of funding to move its company from basically supplying a thruster for current compact-sats to becoming a complete-service provider of orbital transportation solutions for payloads. The corporation’s essential innovation was the improvement of a water-primarily based plasma propulsion technique for low-expense transportation in space. That’s what powers the corporation’s Vigoride orbital shuttle.

Meanwhile, Relativity Space is barreling ahead with its personal technologies improvement. 

With the aim of developing a rocket that goes from raw supplies to launch-prepared in significantly less than 60 days with a payload capacity of up to 1250 kilograms, the corporation is organizing its initially test launch in 2020 with a industrial payload prepared for 2021.

So far the corporation has performed 200 engine tests to date across 14 unique serial numbers and begun conducting turbo pump testing as nicely. Testing has also begun on the corporation’s initial avionics hardware, according to corporation co-founder Tim Ellis.

Relativity has also began printing and pressure testing some second stage structures and is starting to print its bigger principal stage structures now.

“With Momentus’ innovations in sustainable in-space ‘last mile’ solutions, we look forward to working together to expand Terran 1’s flexibility and offering beyond LEO, offering small and medium satellite launch opportunities with industry-defining lead time, flexibility, and cost,” Ellis stated in a statement. “This partnership will enable us to build the space economy faster, and accelerate the future of humanity in space.”

The corporation has considerably expanded its production, testing and launch facilities to incorporate 280,000 square feet of operations on facilities at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Relativity also has client agreements with Telesat, to assistance their low Earth orbit constellation the Thai satellite and space technologies corporation, mu Space and Spaceflight Industries to launch their smallsat ride-shares.

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