Ellis told C4ISRnet in an interview published Monday that Relativity Space currently holds launch agreements with commercial entities such as Santa Clara, California-based space transportation firm Momentus and is “seeing similar activity“ in the defense sector.
He added that there are various LEO programs currently under assessment and that Relativity Space projects a “several billion dollar per year opportunity“ for the company“™s launch portfolio.
Josh Brost, vice president of business development and government affairs at Relativity Space, noted that he expects the 3D-printed Terran One vehicle to address the Department of Defense“™s demands for small-satellite missions.
He also said that additive manufacturing can help speed up the rocket production process to 60 days.
“We see the national security customer base as a really important long term customer for us,“ said Brost. “And while we“™re still in development, we have been bringing them along with our developments and getting them excited about what we“™re doing differently."
Terran One is scheduled to launch in fall 2021.