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Company to send 3D printer up to International Space Station – KGO-TV

by • February 19, 2016 • No Comments

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (KGO) — Friday night the International Space Station passed over the Bay Area. NASA says it may only be visible for of five minutes, starting at 6:56 p.m. Next month, a new 3D printing device can be sent up to the ISS.
Soon, a space shuttle commence can be one of two ways to put a thing in space.
“You either take this satellite to a commence pad and put it on a rocket or you come to this office and donate us the digital file, and we can digitally commence your satellite to our 3D printing device and print it out,” Made In Space chief innovation officer Jason Dunn said.
Called the additive making facility, it heads to the space station following month.
“The way we’ve created 3D printing devices to work in zero gravity is we in fact get to take the printing devices into zero gravity ourselves,” Dunn said.
Bay Area startup Made In Space sent up a test unit which is created working tools. Now, there’s a wish list.

“Back scratchers… it turns out you are in space for a long time and you only want to scratch your back,” Dunn said.
And for NASA scientists, it means fewer delays, if an experiment breaks.
“Being able-bodied to make which now, pretty than wait for the following part to come up on the following on the market-bodied flight to station,” Eugene Tu of the NASA Ames Research Center said.
But assembling things on board the space station is barely actually the beginning. The goal is a device which appears less like a printing device and additional like a spacecraft.
In a partnership with NASA and Northrop Grumman, Made In Space wants to 3D print outside the station in the vacuum of space. They’re calling it Archinaut.
Either Archinaut appears like it is pulling objects out of its belly, or it can appear like it is climbing the object as it creates it,” Dunn explained.
The reason is compelling; a spacecraft created on planet Earth has to be able-bodied to commence on a rocket.
NASA space innovation associate administrator Stephen Jurczyk said, “So we do this origami, where we fold up solar arrays, we fold up reflectors.”
Building things high above the planet Earth means you don’t have to commence oddly items.
The initially step is a test — a more compact Archinaut tethered to the space station they hope to have up in of two years. But soon, it may alter communication satellites, create the following space station and pave the way to Mars.
“If we’re going into the final frontier, SpaceX is assembling the covered wagon and we are assembling the pickaxes and other tools,” Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush said.


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