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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 09, @09:13PM   Printer-friendly
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Relativity Space reveals fully reusable medium lift launch vehicle Terran R

Relativity Space, leveraging their 3D printing technology, has announced the next step towards supporting multiplanetary spaceflight: a fully reusable, medium lift launch vehicle named Terran R.

The company's second launch vehicle, succeeding the Terran 1 rocket to debut later this year, will have more payload capacity than the partially reusable SpaceX Falcon 9, and is only the second fully reusable commercial launch vehicle to be revealed publicly after SpaceX's Starship.

The two stage Terran R rocket will be 216 feet (65.8 meters) tall and 16 feet (4.9 meters) in diameter. The second stage features aerodynamic surfaces which will enable recovery and reuse, in addition to a reusable 5 meter diameter payload fairing. Terran R will be capable of delivering over 20,000 kilograms to Low Earth Orbit in its reusable configuration, beating Falcon 9's 15,600 kilograms with drone ship recovery.

Just like Terran 1, Relativity's small lift vehicle offering 1,250 kilograms to Low Earth Orbit, the components for Terran R will be 3D printed. Relativity Space aims to reduce cost and improve reliability by designing 3D printed vehicles with a low part count.

Previously: Relativity Space Leases Land at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi
Aerospace Startup Making 3D-Printed Rockets Now Has a Launch Site at America's Busiest Spaceport
Relativity Space Selected to Launch Satellites for Telesat

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 10, @05:08PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 10, @05:08PM (#1143952) Journal

    If I remember correctfully, SpaceX 3D prints their Draco engines. (The hypergolic engines on the side of Dragon 2 capsule used for emergency escape system.)

    Muck pointed this out a few years back in a video introducing and unveiling the Dragon 2 capsule.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 10, @05:11PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 10, @05:11PM (#1143953) Journal

    And 3D printed out of Inconel metal IIRC.

    SpaceX Reveals 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Parts []

    From this quote, I got one of my facts (above) wrong:

    The SuperDraco thruster engine is an advanced version of the current Draco engine that's used in SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to maneuver in orbit and during re-entry.

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