Relative Space, a California-based space company, has unleashed the entire details of the first-ever 3D-printed rocket—Terran R, ahead of its launch from Cape Canaveral later this year. It is reported that Terran R will be competing with the Falcon 9, SpaceX's workhorse rocket. The company has been developing the first fully reusable 3D-printed rocket, known as the Terran 1, for the past five years.
The company has reported that its first launch is slated for later this year from Relativity. It has been modernizing LC-16 for launch over several years, and the launchpad will also be home to the Terran R rocket. Terran means "of this Earth," and materials used to construct the 3D print hardware can all be found on our home planet—Earth.
Relativity has also announced it had secured $650 million in its Series E equity funding, helping the company begin scaling up the Terran R. Some notable funders include celebrities such as Mark Cuban and Jared Leto. Terran R is 216 feet tall, and the entire body is reusable, and 3D printed. Its seven Aeon R engines produce approximately 302,000 pounds of thrust each. The rocket's fairing is 5 meters wide.