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Title    Relativity Space Selected to Launch Satellites for Telesat
Date    Saturday April 06 2019, @08:44AM
Author    Fnord666
Topic   
from the dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/04/05/187229

takyon writes:

Relativity Space announces first launch contract, and it's a big one

The ambitious rocket company Relativity announced its first customer on Friday, the global satellite operator Telesat. The contract for flights on the Terran 1 rocket includes "multiple" launches, but Relativity chief executive Tim Ellis said he could not provide additional details.

[...] Relativity considers this a huge win because it offers another validation of its—and really, this is not an exaggeration—revolutionary approach to launch. The company aspires to use large 3D printers to manufacture nearly the entirety of a rocket, thereby automating the process and taking another step toward low-cost, launch-on-demand service. It's one thing for a private company to build a new rocket to launch small satellites, it's another to try and remake the manufacturing process as well.

Ellis said Telesat has been in discussions with Relativity for awhile, so the satellite operator has had good access to Relativity's launch technology. After this due diligence, Telesat chose Relativity in addition to previous deals with SpaceX, Arianespace, and Blue Origin. Effectively, Telesat has decided that Relativity's Terran 1 booster, with a capacity of 1.25 tons to low Earth orbit, has the right stuff to help launch a major low Earth orbit satellite constellation that will provide global broadband connectivity.

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
Blue Origin to Provide Multiple Orbital Launches for Telesat

Related: Amazon Planning its Own Satellite-Based Broadband Service, with 3,236 Satellites in Low Earth Orbit


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  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "Relativity Space announces first launch contract, and it's a big one" - https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/relativity-space-announces-first-launch-contract-and-its-a-big-one/
  3. "Relativity Space Leases Land at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/03/23/0337237
  4. "Aerospace Startup Making 3D-Printed Rockets Now Has a Launch Site at America's Busiest Spaceport" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/01/22/1321245
  5. "Blue Origin to Provide Multiple Orbital Launches for Telesat" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/01/31/2354243
  6. "Amazon Planning its Own Satellite-Based Broadband Service, with 3,236 Satellites in Low Earth Orbit" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/04/05/0034212
  7. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=32820

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