Launch of world’s first 3D-printed rocket canceled

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After several attempts on Saturday, the launch of the world’s first 3D-printed rocket was ultimately canceled, representing a new challenge for the private owner of a revolutionary spacecraft that was claimed to be less expensive to manufacture and operate.

On Saturday, the Terran 1 rocket, which was the world’s first 3D-printed rocket, experienced several launch attempts, but they were ultimately scrapped, PhysOrg reported.

This marked a new setback for Relativity Space, a California-based aerospace startup that owns the innovative spacecraft, which was touted as being less expensive to produce and launch.

During one of the attempts, the rocket’s engines were ignited, but an “automation” issue forced the company to abort the launch for the second time in less than a week, as reported by PhysOrg.

Later on, Relativity Space attempted another launch of the Terran 1 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, but had to abort due to pressure problems in the rocket’s second stage, according to a tweet from the company.

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