Relativity Appoints Scott Van Vliet as Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Unveils Plans for ‘New Factory Operating System’

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Relativity Space PR) — Relativity Space, the first company to 3D print complete rockets and make the world’s largest metal 3D printer, has announced a major investment in the future of its software-driven manufacturing platform with the appointment of Scott Van Vliet, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering.

In his new role, Scott will lead the integrated software and additive manufacturing teams, overseeing more than 150 employees today and doubling the team before the end of the year to expand the Plant Operating System in Relativity. Relativity’s Factory Operating System is a unified platform that integrates data collection, correlation, machine learning, visualization, and workflow tools to enable faster rates of compound progress across Relativity’s Stargate printers, production plants, test and launch infrastructure, and missile development. As the software division represents a large and growing portion of the company’s talent, the relative recently exceeded 600 employees in total. With teams at Long Beach, Vandenberg, Seattle, Washington, DC, Stennis and Cape Canaveral locations, Relativity is expanding its revolutionary large-scale approach to 3D printing and automation to build a new technology stack for aerospace manufacturing — one capable of building rockets and other products.

Scott most recently served as Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, where he was responsible for the real-time communications and collaboration platform that powers Microsoft Teams. Scott’s work at Microsoft has helped the company enable hundreds of millions of customers to have billions of conversations every day. As an industry leader with more than 20 years of experience building new technology products, Scott has also worked at Amazon, where he led the Irvine Campus to lead the development of Amazon Echo devices, new experiences with Alexa and cloud capabilities for the Alexa Voice Service.

“We are on a mission to create an entirely new technology suite for aerospace manufacturing,” said Tim Ellis, co-founder and CEO of Relativity. “Based on six years of development to date, with Scott’s leadership, we are now ready to take our in-house developed tools to the next level and create a complete factory operating system to transform the space through data and machine learning and a completely new way of product development. More disruption is inevitable. From industries via software, relativism to rockets and aerospace on its way to building humanity’s multi-planetary future on Mars.We have been very keen to identify who we have brought in to lead this core unit of our business.Moreover being a force of nature in the industry with more than 20 years in the Building some of the world’s most innovative hacks like Amazon Alexa, Echo, Microsoft Azure, and Teams, Scott is a humble leader and an amazing human being.”

“Joining a company that has revolutionized how we make rockets using autonomous robotics, 3D printing and machine learning is an out-of-this-world opportunity, and I’m excited to work with the team to build the next chapter on relativity,” said Scott Van Vliet, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering.

Earlier this year, Relativity revealed its plans for the Terran R, its fully 3D-printed, fully reusable rocket. With software changes, the company’s Stargate, the world’s largest metal 3D printer, has printed a development article for the Terran R. As it prepares for the demonstration flight of Terran 1, the world’s first fully 3D-printed rocket, in 2022, Relativity published the next generation The fourth from its Stargate printer, improving its previous generation by 10 times the print speed and capable of producing the Terran 1 missile body in just 6 days. Combined with the company’s upcoming expansion at its new 1mm+sq ft factory headquarters in Long Beach, the fourth generation Stargate printer is allowing Relativity to take its production to new heights, size and quality. With in-process monitoring, Relativity’s Stargate printers analyze prints in real time, detecting any quality issues and using the predictive capabilities of fuselage prints to space dimensional tolerances.

Relativity’s radically simplified supply chain is disrupting 60 years of space with 3D printing, autonomous robotics and machine learning, and is enabling the company to print its rockets with 100 times fewer parts in less than 60 days. The company’s 3D printing process is enabled by the manufacturing of software and data, 3D printed materials, and unique design engineering that are not achievable with traditional manufacturing, resulting in an increased compound rate of advancement and iteration in the industry.

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About the space of relativity

Relativity is building humanity’s multi-planetary future. We invented a new approach to designing, printing and flying our own missiles, starting with the world’s first fully 3D-printed rocket, the Terran 1 and Terran R, a larger, fully reusable, fully 3D-printed launch vehicle.

As a vertically integrated technology platform, Relativity is at the forefront of the inevitable shift toward software-defined manufacturing. By integrating 3D printing, artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics, we are the pioneers of the factory of the future. Disrupted 60 years of flying, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a missile with 100 times fewer parts in less than 60 days.

We believe in a future in which interplanetary life will fundamentally expand the possibilities of human experience. Our long-term vision is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.

Relativity Space is backed by major investors including Baillie Gifford, Blackrock, BOND, Coatue, Fidelity, General Catalyst, ICONIQ Capital, K5 Global, Mark Cuban, Playground Global, Social Capital, Tiger Global, Tribe Capital, Y Combinator, 3L . For more information, please visit or connect with us on LinkedIn, TwitterOr Instagram or YouTube.