Let’s say you find yourself on Mars and in need of a rocket. Tim Ellis thinks he’ll be able to help you out with that.
Ellis — a former staffer at Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin — co-founded Relativity Space with Jordan Noone, a former staffer at Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The pair plan to someday build rockets using 3D printers and no human labor.
Relativity Space thinks that its “Stargate” printer will get rockets down to 1,000 moving parts and a paltry $10M in launch costs, with no human intervention required.
Can they do it? Some smart people including Mark Cuban, Social Capital, and Y Combinator who’ve invested seem to think so.