The world’s first 3D-printed rocket is scheduled to blast off from Florida on Saturday on the maiden flight of an innovative spacecraft billed as being less costly to produce and fly.
The launch of the Terran 1 rocket had been scheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral but was postponed at the last minute because of propellant temperature issues.
The new launch window for the rocket built by California aerospace start-up Relativity Space to put satellites into orbit is from 1pm to 4pm (Saturday, 10pm, to Sunday, 1am, UAE time).
Terran 1 is set to reach low Earth orbit eight minutes after blast-off on a voyage intended to gather data and demonstrate that it can withstand the rigours of lift-off and space flight.
If the rocket manages to attain low Earth orbit, it will be the first privately-funded vehicle using methane fuel to do so on its first try, according to Relativity.
Terran 1 is not carrying a payload for its first flight but the rocket will eventually be capable of putting objects of up to 1,250 kilograms into low Earth orbit.