Startup Relativity Space cancels first flight of Terran 1 rocket at last minute due to temperature issues during countdown.
Relativity Space’s Terran 1 rocket loaded with fuel for its first launch attempt
Relativity Space’s Terran 1 rocket loaded fuel for its first test launch at Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida on March 9. (Photo: Relativity Space).
Earthling 1was launched by an American startup Relativity space the introduction is The world’s first 3D printed rocket, launch aborted about 70 seconds before the first launch attempt from Cape Canaveral Space Station, Florida, at 2:40 a.m. today. The company attempted to reset for a second launch attempt, but ultimately had to abort due to exceeding the standard launch limit for fuel temperature on the rocket’s second stage.
Relativity Space has not yet set a new launch date and will announce it on Twitter as soon as possible, the company representative said. “We will work to prepare for the next launch window in the coming days. Due to the methane/liquid natural gas fuel packaging process, it will be several days before we can relaunch.”said Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity Space.
Terran 1’s first mission was named “Good luck, have fun” (GLHF). This is a test mission for a 33m-tall rocket designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. This two-stage rocket has the particularity that 85% of the structure (by weight) is 3D printed, including 9 Aeon-1 engines of the first stage, powered by liquid methane.
Terran 1 is designed to carry a payload of 1,250 kg to low Earth orbit and 900 kg to sun-synchronous orbit, at a cost of about $12 million per trip, according to Relativity Space. The company is also developing a larger, fully reusable rocket model, called Terran R. This rocket will measure 66 m high with a carrying capacity of 20,000 kg in orbit thanks to the Aeon-R engine, whose movement is planned in 2024.
Ellis said he would be happy if Terran 1 could successfully complete Max Q, as it would prove that the company’s use of additive manufacturing technology for 3D printed rockets is feasible. Max Q is the time it takes for the rocket to reach maximum dynamic pressure during launch.
“This launch will still provide useful data and information to help us better prepare for the next event. It is also an excellent basis for developing technologies that can be directly applied to Terran R.”added Ellis.
Article source: VNE
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