Relativity To Print Rockets In Its New Location

Relativity To Print Rockets In Its New Location

Relativity is building a 120,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and operating center in Long Beach, California to make its Terran 1 rocket.

The facility has plenty of room to operate its large 3D-printers, make taller rockets, house 300 support staff from machining to marketing, and realize its long-term vision of sending a 3D-printed rocket to Mars.


Video Spotlight: Relativity Space’s New Long Beach Headquarters (Feb 28, 2020, Relativity Space)


This post is based on the Forbes article, Relativity Blasts Off For 2021 Rocket Launch With New Facility, by Elizabeth Howell, February 28, 2020, and the YouTube video featured in the Video Spotlight. Image source: NASA.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the determinants in making the capacity decision for Relativity’s Long Beach facility?

Guidance: The determinants include enough square footage for growth and expansion, enough room to operate large 3D-printers, have ability to make taller rockets, and allow staff to perform activities from machining to marketing.

2. What factors are considered in making the location decision for Relativity’s Long Beach facility?

Guidance: The location factors include capacity to grow and expand, close to the company’s 150 employees in Los Angeles, and able to handle a production line of rockets.

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