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Chinese startup says its 3D-printed rocket can cut costs by 80%

SpaceTai plans to complete a suborbital test flight in 2023

Chinese startup SpaceTai says it can make more than 90% of the parts in a rocket with its 3D printing technology. (This is an image for illustration purposes.)

BEIJING -- Chinese startup SpaceTai is developing engines and rockets using 3D printing technology for the commercial space industry, with the aim of bringing costs down to below one-fifth the current average.

Even though it was only established in March 2021, SpaceTai claims it can manufacture more than 90% of parts used in rockets with its own 3D printers, which will cut production costs.

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