Michael Sheetz+ Your Authors @thesheetztweetz Space Reporter @CNBC | pitches [email protected] | DM for cell, WhatsApp, Signal, ProtonMail | formerly @DJNF @ESTribune | alumnus @TheKingsCollege May. 12, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Relativity Space passed a key milestone toward the first launch of its Terran 1 rocket:

The company completed a series of burst pressurization tests, which showed that its 3D printing process and materials are strong enough for flight.  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/12/relativity-space-verifies-3d-printing-works-to-build-its-rocket.html 

CEO Tim Ellis said the tank burst at about “10% more than the requirements with the safety factor” needed for a launch.

“It’s definitely sufficient for the whole launch vehicle,” Ellis said, adding that “we’ve got two years to keep making it better.”  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/12/relativity-space-verifies-3d-printing-works-to-build-its-rocket.html 

Ellis noted that Relativity is “in a really good cash position” to weather the current crisis, given that it raised $140 million in October. The company continues to hire, bringing on more than a dozen new employees since early March.

Ellis also agreed with recent analysis by Rocket Lab CEO @Peter_J_Beck on where any government stimulus should go:

“It’s far more impactful for companies to have more government payloads to launch," Ellis said, rather than small rockets getting more funds

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