The Relativity Terran 1 will carry Momentus's small and medium-sized satellite payloads on its rocket, and Momentus will then move those satellites into a geosynchronous orbit using its shuttle technology inside space.
The deal between Momentus and Relativity covers the first Terran 1 launch scheduled for 2021, with an option for five additional Relativity launches, according to a company statement.
Carry Momentus's net payloads enable the company to incorporate more diverse ranges of orbits for the initial launch of Tiran 1, including the geostationary orbit, lunar orbits, deep space, low tilt and multi-stage spacecraft in low Earth orbit.
The links link two Y Combinator alumni focused on space, with Momentus graduating in 2018 and Relativity launched from the metronome in 2016.
In July, Momentus Closed on a $ 25 million round of financing To move its business from just providing a small engine for existing small sectors to becoming a full-service provider of orbital payload services. The company's main innovation was the development of a water-based plasma propulsion system for low-cost transport in space. This is what serves the company's orbital shuttle Vigoride.
At the same time, Relativity Space continues to develop its own technology.
In order to create a rocket that moves from raw materials to ready-to-launch in less than 60 days with a load capacity of 1,250 kg, the company plans to launch its first test in 2020 with a commercial payload ready for 2021.
So far, the company has conducted 200 engine tests so far across 14 different serial numbers and has started testing the turbo pump as well. The test also began on the company's initial electronic devices, according to company founder Tim Ellis.
Relativity also began printing and stress testing for some of the second stage structures and began printing the larger basic stage structures now.
“With Momentus’s innovations in sustainable“ last mile ”solutions in space, we look forward to working together to expand the flexibility of Terran 1 and deliver beyond LEO, while providing opportunities for launching small and medium satellites with industry deadlines, flexibility and cost,” Ellis said in a statement. "This partnership will enable us to build the space economy faster and accelerate the future of mankind in space."
The company has greatly expanded production, testing and launch facilities to include 280,000 square feet of operations on installations At Cape Canaveral in Florida and NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Relativity also has client agreements with Telesat, to support the low-Earth orbit constellation; the Thai space company and space technology, MoSpace; and Spaceflight Industries to launch their shares in a smallsat ride.