Relativity Granted Industry-First Machine Learning 3D Metal Printing Patent and Adds Senior Leaders from SpaceX and Virgin Orbit to Executive Team

Patent issued for real-time adaptive control of additive
manufacturing processes using machine learning

the world’s first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader,
today announced the appointment of three aerospace veterans to its
executive team and an industry-leading new patent grant for its
autonomous 3D printing technology. The fast-growing company has now
hired twelve former senior leaders from SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin
Orbit, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Waymo, Zoox, and Tesla, and has secured a key
patent for 3D printing metal using machine learning.

Tim Buzza, recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in rocket
development, as well as among the first leaders and a twelve-year
executive at SpaceX, and former Co-President and Vice President of
Launch at Virgin Orbit, officially joins Relativity as Distinguished
Engineer after serving as an Advisor to the company. Josh Brost, a nine
year veteran at SpaceX responsible for securing $3 billion in contracts
with the U.S. Government and commercial entities, joins as Vice
President, Government Business Development. David Giger, a thirteen-year
SpaceX veteran who directed engineering, program, and leadership
responsibilities for over 200 engineers in the design, testing and build
of the multi-billion dollar Cargo Dragon and Crew Dragon spacecraft
programs, joins as Vice President, Launch Vehicle Development for
Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket.

“Our progress towards launching the first 3D printed rocket is fueled by
a deeply experienced team that has built and scaled other space
companies, and Tim, Josh, and David are renowned leaders in their
fields,” said Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity. “These executive
appointments, combined with our recent patent grant, are great
indicators of Relativity’s market momentum.”

Relativity was recently granted US. Patent Number US20180341248A1, Real-time
adaptive control of additive manufacturing processes using machine
, for its groundbreaking 3D metal printing technology using
advanced sensors and control software. Disrupting 50 years of aerospace
technology, Relativity is the first and only aerospace factory to use a
proprietary and patented autonomous 3D printing technology, machine
learning, and software to optimize every aspect of the rocket
manufacturing process.

“The grant of this patent is a recognition of how our autonomous 3D
metal printing technology can quickly and iteratively optimize rocket
production on Earth and other planets, and is a pivotal step towards our
technology differentiation and leadership in the market,” said Jordan
Noone, CTO of Relativity.

Relativity can print its next-generation Terran 1 rocket in less than 60
days, while traditional rockets take 18 months or more. Terran 1 is the
world’s first completely 3D printed rocket, with 100x fewer parts than
traditional rockets, vastly better manufacturing reliability, rapid
build time, and faster time to launch.

Relativity is on track to conduct its first full orbital launch by the
end of 2020, and continues to grow a global customer manifest of both
commercial and government payloads. The company recently became the
first venture-backed company to secure a launch site Right of Entry at
Cape Canaveral from the U.S. Air Force, adding to its portfolio of major
government partnerships including a 20-year exclusive-use CSLA agreement
at the NASA Stennis Space Center E4 test complex, and a NASA ACO test
award. The company is expanding its infrastructure this year with a
fourfold expansion to over 240,000 square feet of operations,
production, testing, and launch facilities. Relativity’s team has grown
almost 5x since March, from 14 to 64 full time employees in under a year.

About Relativity

is the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for
satellite constellations. The company’s vision is to build the future of
humanity in space–starting with rockets. Relativity’s platform
vertically integrates intelligent robotics and 3D autonomous
manufacturing technology to build the world’s first entirely 3D printed
rocket, Terran 1. Terran 1 has 100x lower part count than traditional
rockets, a radically simple supply chain, and is built from raw material
to flight in less than 60 days with unparalleled iteration speed.
Relativity deploys and resupplies satellite constellations with
industry-defining lead time, flexibility, and cost, better connecting
and securing our planet.

Relativity is backed by leading investors including Playground Global, Y
Combinator, Social Capital, Phillip Spector formerly of Intelsat, and
Mark Cuban. For more information, please visit


Eva Glazer
Strange Brew Strategies

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