Mount In View, California, in Made In Space, Inc. NASA has awarded a $ 73.7 million contract to showcase the capabilities of a small spacecraft called ArcNet One. To create and assemble spacecraft components in Earth’s orbit using 3d print technology. North. Space in space robotic production and assembly technology can be important for the US exploration of the Moon to Mars.
The agreement marks the beginning of the second phase of an association established by NASA’s Tipping Point application. Public-private partnerships connect NASA’s resources with industry contributions of at least 25% of program expenses. Making US taxpayers’ money critical while preserving space and technology.
The approach of 3D print in space
Archant One is expected to launch an Electron rocket laboratory rocket from New Zealand before 2022. Once placed in a low Earth orbit, the spacecraft will 3D print both ends. Which extends 32 feet (10 meters) from each side. As production progresses, each beam will open two solar panels. Which produce five times more energy than the solar panel of the traditional tea house. For the same spacecraft of the same size.
“Robotic manufacturing and assembly in space are the basic capabilities for questionable game changers and future space exploration,” said Jas Reuter, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. “By leading the development of this transformative technology, the United States will maintain its leadership in space exploration as we move forward in space research on the moon and then on Mars.”
Potential of 3D print in space
The potential of these technologies is profound and includes such benefits as:
- Allow the remote and intermittent construction of communication antennas, large-scale space telescopes, and other complex structures.
- Allow smaller satellites to deploy large surface energy systems and reflections that are currently reserved for larger satellites.
- Eliminating spacecraft volume limits imposed by rockets; and,
- Avoid the inherent risk of spacewalks by performing some of the tasks currently performed by the innovator.
Made in Space began operating in Archinat as a ground show in 27 Arch, and exactly one year later, it successfully launched a unique 3D-printed structural beam from NASA’s facilities that mimicked space conditions. They were able to test the printing equipment in a thermal vacuum chamber at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, and were able to withstand the pressure, temperature and other hardnesses of the printed space.
Archet squads include Med in Space, Virginia, American, Northrop Grumman of Falls Church and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The NASA Technology Demonstration Mission Program within the Aerospace Technology Mission Directorate, together with innovative technology to improve mission capacity, matured government and commercial opportunities in space. The program is based at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alaska.
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