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NASA Asks Students To Help 3D Print Expandable Habitats – NDTV

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NASA, ASME Foundation commence a new “Future Engineers” challenge Objects for astronauts to be printed inside bounds of newest 3D printing device Aim to reduce, reuse, and recycle what is brought to space
To celebrate the arrival of the initially expandable habitat to the International Space Station (ISS) and the commence of the initially commercial 3D printing device to space, NASA and non-profit ASME Foundation have commenceed a new “Future Engineers” challenge.
The “Think Outside the Box” challenge asks students to create an object for astronauts that can be printed inside the bounds of the newest 3D printing device (10 cm x 10 cm x 14 cm) on the space station but can be assembled or expanded to become larger than that box.
In space exploration, scientists and engineers frequently strive to manufacture additional of less.

Smaller rocket payloads are needed to save cargo space and fuel, while sustainable technologies are needed to reduce, reuse, and recycle what is brought to space.
“NASA’s ‘Advanced Exploration Systems Division’ pioneers new approaches for quickly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities, and validating operational concepts for next human missions beyond low-Earth orbit,” the US space agency said in statement currently.
Two demonstrations of such pioneering space technologies include the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) and Made In Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF).
BEAM, that has may already been installed on the ISS, is a module created up of layers of fabric that can be growing after it is installed.
It is createed to test and validate expandable habitat innovation, paving the way for next habitats on deep space missions.
Made In Space’s AMF was commenceed to the station on Orbital ATK’s OA-6 spacecraft.
AMF is a permanent, commercial making facility, offering entities conducting research on the space station the opportunity to purchase necessary hardware in space instead of commenceing it.
Similar to its earlier model, the AMF 3D printing device can in addition provide research that makes it to the long-term goal of developing off-planet making capabilities for destinations like the moon or Mars.
The “Think Outside the Box” challenge offers amazing prizes.
The junior and teenage winners can obtain a trip to Las Vegas for a VIP tour of Bigelow Aerospace and the finalists can win an expedition-worthy inflatable tent of Heimplanet.
The challenge can stay open through the summer and students must submit their expandable creates by August 1.

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