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Relativity Space Terran R Rocket

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I do hope that they succeed with their Terran R rocket; it's an interesting and IMO fairly aesthetically pleasing design, though I'm very curious as to what they're making the 2nd stage out of that's so heat resistant. It'll also be interesting to see how cheap they can get the marginal launch cost to be; if the thermal protection system is capable of being embedded into the structure / hull material choice then that'll potentially help a lot with being competitive with Starship's launch cost goals.
 

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Things are accelerating. Blue Origin was once SpaceX most advanced competitor; now Rocketlab and Relativity are on its heels. The more, the merrier !

Recovery of second stages is a very difficult issue; and it will be fascinating to see companies different approaches at solving this problem.

So far we have
- SpaceX Falcon 9: stage 2 not recovered.
- SpaceX BFR-Starship: stage 2 recovered, turned multipurpose spaceship
- Blue Origin: New Glenn / New Armstrong: stage 2 not recovered, yet could be turned wet workshop once stuck in orbit
- Rocketlab Neutron: stage 2 not recovered, so close from Falcon 9
- Relativity: stage 2 to be recovered (aerodynamically ?)

Let the fun begin !
 
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