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Venture-backed Relativity Space poised to disrupt US commercial spaceflight

June 20, 2019

Founded in 2015, venture-backed aerospace firm, Relativity Space, is poised to disrupt the rocket manufacturing and launch markets as it secures long-term contracts at NASA’s Stennis and Kennedy Space Centers. Relativity is reimagining the process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, relying on its revolutionary “Stargate” metal 3D printer and new autonomous facilities to build and launch rockets in days rather than years. The Mississippi Development Authority supplied the cost reimbursement and tax incentive package that, combined with a $59 million infrastructure investment from Relativity, enabled the firm to move into a 220,000 square foot facility, unused for the last 20 years, in southern Mississippi.

Relativity will begin operations at its new facility in July, bringing 190 new tech jobs to the area over the next five years. It is currently on track to complete development and testing of the world’s first 3D printed rocket by 2020 for entry into commercial service in 2021.

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