OneWeb will launch some of its next-generation satellites on Relativity Space’s next-generation launch vehicle starting as soon as 2025, the companies announced June 30.
NASA awarded contracts Jan. 26 to a dozen companies, ranging from industry stalwarts to startups yet to launch their first rocket, to provide low-cost launches of agency smallsats.
Relativity Space, the launch vehicle company that has raised more than $1 billion in private capital since late last year, announced it will move into a giant new headquarters and production facility in Southern California.
Relativity Space announced June 8 it has raised $650 million in a new funding round to support development of a fully reusable launch vehicle far larger than its original Terran 1 rocket.
Launch executives said June 2 that demand for satellite launches likely will surge despite assertions to the contrary.
Relativity Space was selected to launch a small U.S. military payload to orbit in 2023 using a 3D-printed rocket.
A NASA small launch vehicle competition attracted bids from 10 companies, but half of them were effectively disqualified because of deficiencies or other problems.