Jeff Bezos visited the new headquarters of Relativity Space, the 3D-printing rocket builder

The row of two-tale huge 3D printer bays at the firm’s headquarters.

Relativity House

The founders of two private rocket-building companies met at the present time – one, the richest person on Earth; different, chief of a venture pushing the boundaries of manufacturing.

Jeff Bezos stopped by the shimmering new “factory of the future” of Relativity House on Friday, a person aware of the consult with urged CNBC, for a tour of the Long Seaside, California facility with CEO Tim Ellis. Relativity moved into the new facility final summer time from its prior headquarters in Inglewood.

The nature of the consult with to Relativity’s headquarters was once unclear.

Ellis beforehand labored at Bezos’ space firm Blue Foundation as a propulsion engineer – and was once credited for bringing the course of of 3D printing steel rocket parts in-rental. Ellis then left Blue Foundation in 2015 to chanced on Relativity with Jordan Noone, a college classmate and inclined SpaceX propulsion engineer.

Relativity declined CNBC’s set a query to of for comment on Bezos’ consult with, while Blue Foundation didn’t reply to requests for comment.

The factory ground of Relativity’s new headquarters in Long Seaside, California.

Relativity House

Relativity has long previous all in on the 3D-printing come, utilizing tall printers and metallurgy developed in-rental to gain 95% of the parts of its rockets. Ellis emphasizes that 3D-printing drastically cuts down on the complexity of its rockets, but furthermore makes them quicker to gain and alter. Within the waste, Relativity says its more vivid course of will seemingly be in a blueprint to turn raw offers precise into a rocket on the launchpad in below 60 days.

The firm’s first rocket, Terran 1, is anticipated to open for the first time later this yr. Terran 1 is priced at $12 million per open and is designed to carry about 1,250 kilograms to low Earth orbit. That puts Terran 1 in the “medium lift” fragment of the U.S. open market, between Rocket Lab’s Electron and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in every imprint and functionality.

Relativity is furthermore engaged on a second, higher rocket known as Terran R – aiming to compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in every open functionality and reusability. Terran R is the first of several new initiatives that Ellis expects Relativity to unveil in the yr ahead, with the firm having raised more than $680 million since its founding 5 years in the past.

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief govt officer of Amazon, speaks in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19, 2019.

Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Photos

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