Relativity Space Strikes Deal with TriSept to Launch Mission by 2022

Francesca Billington

Francesca Billington is a freelance reporter. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter for dot.LA and has also reported for KCRW, the Santa Monica Daily Press and local publications in New Jersey. She graduated from Princeton in 2019 with a degree in anthropology.

Relativity Space Strikes Deal with TriSept to Launch Mission by 2022

Weeks after closing a $500 million raise, the 3D-printed rocket manufacturer Relativity Space announced a rideshare agreement with TriSept to carry small and large satellites into space as early 2022.

The Los Angeles-based aerospace company struck the deal with the launch integration provider whose U.S government customers include the Department of Defense, NASA and the NRO.


Under the agreement, TriSept secured a full mission on Terran 1 that will launch from a Relativity site at either Cape Canaveral or Vandenberg Air Force Base. Details of the contract were not disclosed.

"Relativity is building something our team is very excited about and their Terran 1 rocket architecture is designed to accommodate the evolving needs of our government and commercial customers," TriSept's CEO Rob Spicer said in an announcement. "Because Terran 1 is a larger launch vehicle with more performance to LEO, it offers our prime and rideshare customers with bigger satellites a low-cost alternative for launch."

The news marks Relativity's seventh publicly announced launch customer following deals with commercial and government leaders like Lockheed Martin, Iridium and NASA, the company said.

Relativity's November raise, one of the largest for an L.A. startup this year, reportedly valued the company at $3.2 billion. That's right behind SpaceX's reported $46 billion valuation after raising $1.9 billion in August.

The company also announced in February it was relocating to a 120,000 square-foot facility in Long Beach to house production for Terran 1, which has yet to be launched.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Aavrani Co-founder Rooshy Roy On Creating Your Own Success ‘Timeline’

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

AAVRANI Co-Founder Rooshy Roy
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Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Rooshy Roy said, as the only Indian girl in school, she spent a lot of time feeling like an outsider and like she wasn’t meeting others’ expectations of “how an Indian girl should behave.”

Flash forward 20 years, and the differences Roy was once ashamed of are now the inspiration for her skincare company.

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