A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just scored a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., – Relativity Space, an aerospace startup based in Los Angeles, has secured a historic home in Florida from which to launch its 3D-printed rockets — and the site is sandwiched among the company's biggest competitors. The company was founded in 2015 by Jordan Noone and Tim Ellis, two young defectors from more-established SpaceX and Blue Origin (respectively). Relativity's big gamble is to use cutting-edge "Stargate" 3D-printing technology to simplify the construction of complex rocket parts and engines by about 100-fold, reports Business Insider.

A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just scored a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida
A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just scored a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., – Relativity Space, an aerospace startup based in Los Angeles, has secured a historic home in Florida from which to launch its 3D-printed rockets — and the site is sandwiched among the company's biggest competitors. The company was founded in 2015 by Jordan Noone and Tim Ellis, two young defectors from more-established SpaceX and Blue Origin (respectively). Relativity's big gamble is to use cutting-edge "Stargate" 3D-printing technology to simplify the construction of complex rocket parts and engines by about 100-fold, reports Business Insider.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

January 18, 2019-Relativity Space takes a novel approach to commercial space cargo launching with 3D printed rockets. The company's slogan is "Rockets built and flown in days instead of years." Relativity joins Blue Origin, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance as commercial operators at Cape Canaveral.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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