Tim Ellis (engineer)

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Plano, Texas
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BSc in Aerospace Engineering
  • MSc in Aerospace Engineering
Alma mater
  • University of Southern California
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
OccupationAerospace engineer
OrganizationRelativity Space
TitleCo-Founder and CEO

Tim Ellis (engineer) is an American aerospace engineer and the co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space.

Early life and education

Tim Ellis grew up in Plano, Texas.[1] He is the oldest of three children.[2]

Ellis started college at the University of Southern California, where he planned to study screenwriting or fiction writing as part of USC’s Thematic Option program.[3] However, during his freshman orientation he switched his major to aerospace engineering.[2] Ellis and Relativity's other co-founder and CTO, Jordan Noone, both held leadership positions at USC's Rocket Propulsion Lab.[4] With the Rocket Propulsion Lab, Ellis and Noone helped launch the first student-designed and built rocket into space.[5]

While at the University of Southern California, Ellis had three consecutive internship with Blue Origin.

Ellis holds a BS and a MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC Viterbi School of Engineering.[5]


Blue origin

After graduation, Ellis joined Blue Origin full time where he worked on 3D printed rocket components[6] and served as Propulsion Development Engineer on Crew Capsule RCS thrusters, BE-4, and New Glenn.[5]

At Blue Origin, Ellis was credited for bringing metal 3D-printing in-house.[5]

Relativity space

In 2015, Ellis co-founded Relativity Space with his former classmate, Jordan Noone.[7] Ellis and Noone recieved their initial $500,000 in funding from cold emailing Mark Cuban.[8] In April 2018, Cuban told the Los Angeles Times over email that he invested in Relativity because, "They are smart, innovative, focused and always learning."[2]

Other activities

Ellis is the youngest member of the National Space Council User Advisory Group by nearly two decades.[5]

In the media



  1. "Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Commercial Space and the U.S Government to Advance Exploration and Settlement" (PDF). NASA. July 13, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Masunaga, Samantha (April 27, 2018). "Entrepreneur seeks to boldly go where no one has gone before: 3-D printing nearly an entire rocket". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 10, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Ignacio, Guttierez (August 23, 2019). "We're Going to 3-D Print the First Rocket Made on Mars". USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Retrieved August 14, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Autry, Greg (March 26, 2020). "Relativity: Spaceflight Imprinted With Flexibility". Forbes. Retrieved August 14, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Tzinis, Irene (2020-06-12). "Mr. Tim Ellis". NASA. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  6. Ryan, Kevin (April 30, 2018). "Life on Mars Looks a Little More Possible Thanks to This Startup's 3-D Printed Rocket". Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Billings, Lee (April 16, 2018). "Q&A: 3-D Printing Rockets with Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis". Scientific American. Retrieved August 10, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Clifford, Catherine (January 25, 2018). "These guys cold-emailed Mark Cuban and got a half-million-dollar investment in their start-up". CNBC. Retrieved August 10, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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