Launch of world’s first 3D-printed rocket cancelled at last second

THE launch of the world’s first 3D-printed rocket was ultimately scrubbed after several tries yesterday, marking a new setback for the private owner of an innovative spacecraft billed as being less costly to produce and fly.

Engines had begun igniting on the unmanned Terran 1 rocket, built by California aerospace start-up Relativity Space, when an “automation” issue caused the company to abort take-off for the second time in less than a week.