Relativity Space has signed an agreement with NASA to convert a
large industrial building in southern Mississippi into what may
become the world’s first autonomous rocket factory. The factory is
conveniently located just two miles from where Relativity plans to
test engines and stages for its Terran 1 rocket.
Building 9101 at Stennis Space Center encompasses 220,000 square
feet of factory facilities, which is greater than the combined area
of three American football fields. NASA inherited the space from
the US military about 20 years ago but has not used it. The
property also includes multiple bridge cranes, which is useful for
moving large aerospace parts around, and an 80-foot-high bay for
the vertical integration of rockets.
“This building will be a long-term enabler of our vision,” said
Jordan Noone, co-founder and chief technology officer for
Relativity. Based in Los Angeles, the company aspires to use 3D
printing, machine learning, and automated technologies to build
rockets at a lower cost in days or weeks instead of years.
Source: FS – All – Science – News
Where will the world’s first autonomous rocket factory be built? Mississippi