Relativity Space will soon attempt its first launch with its Terran 1 launch vehicle

Relativity Space is targeting March 8th, 2023, at 1:00 pm EST for the inaugural launch of its Terran 1 small lift vehicle. It will be a test launch with a dummy payload to low Earth orbit.

It is the first rocket system to be completely manufactured using 3D printing. Unlike Falcon 9 which burns RP1 and LOX, Terran 1 will burn liquid methane and LOX.

Terran 1 will go from historic Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. LC-16 was first used in December 1959 for the Titan I ballistic missile and later for the Titan II. After the last Titan launch from LC-16, the pad was used by NASA for Gemini Crew processing and later for static tests of the Apollo Service Module propulsion system. It was used by the Air Force for launches of Pershing 1, 1a and 2 Missiles between 1974 and 1989. It has been out of service since 1989.

Interestingly, the original blockhouse still exists and I believe it has not been disturbed by Relativity Space. It has not been used since the Titan launches and will not be used for Terran Launches. The rest of the launch complex, including what is left of the concrete launch pad has been reconstructed.

The Terran 1 vehicle is not fully reusable. The upgraded medium lift Terran R vehicle, when it debuts, will feature grid fins and will land in a similar manner to the Falcon 9 booster.

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On for 1:30 pm EST, about 40 minutes from now.

Current T-0 is 2:40 pm EST, about 8 minutes from now.

Holding at 1 minute, 10 seconds. At the moment, still on for launch today, however.

Getting ready to resume count, launch will be in little over a minute from now.

Terminal count abort, accessing recycle options. Launch window extends until 4:00 pm EST.

Alrighty, updated T-0 of 3:45 pm EST, about 15 minutes ahead of the expiration of the launch window.

Evidently, they detected oxygen temperatures out of range, triggering the previous abort.

EDIT New T-0 is 3:45 EST, not 3:55.

Scrubbed for the day, no new day or time set yet.

Going to try it again. Launch window opens at 1:00 pm EST and closes at 4:00 pm EST.

Current T-0 is 1:45 pm EST.

Holding at T-20 minutes due to upper level wind violation. No current T-0.

T-0 now set for 2:35 pm EST.

Hold at T-1:09 by the range for what appears to be a vessel trespassing in restricted area.

BTW, my opinion on this.

■■■■ the morons in the boat.

Go ahead with the launch and if it explodes and the debris comes down and kills the morons, just too ■■■■■■■ bad.

At the very least, they should have their boating license suspended and receive a major fine for ■■■■■■■ up launch operations.

The boat has been cleared from the range.

Working on a new T-0.

Clock will pick up within 60 seconds.

New T-0 is 2:42 pm, within 2 minutes.

Abort at T-0.

The engines did start, but shutdown at T-0.

Abort was due to an unspecified launch commit criteria violation and came from the onboard computers.

Currently recycling and assessing to see if they can launch during the remaining 1 hour and 12 minutes left in today’s launch window.

New T-0 of 3:55 pm EST.

New T-0 of 4:00 pm EST.

Any further delays will result in a scrub for the day.

Hold at 45 seconds, scrubbed for the day.

No future date time set.