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Russia’s 3D Printed Microsatellite is Currently En Route to the ISS

by • March 31, 2016 • No Comments

  • On the other hand a majority of the development and expansive uses of 3D printing innovation primarily takes place here on planet Earth, there are in addition a few new plans to (literally) take 3D printing out of this world. Take Made in Space for instance, who after assisting to provide the International Space Station with a Zero G 3D printing device back in 2014, are now working towards sending the station a commercial 3D printing device as well. But not all 3D printed things in outer space must be manufactured in outer space, such as the 3D printed microsatellites that Russia has en route to the ISS.

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    Somewhere aboard Russia’s space vehicle Progress MS-02, one of the 2.5 tonnes of cargo, is the 3D printed Tomsk-TPU-120 microsatellite, that was created and manufactured by the Tomsk Polytechnic University. The cargo ship has only that successfully separated of the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket, and is building its way to the ISS astronauts. The microsatellite is equipped with a 3D printed hull, while many of the other satellite parts and components were 3D printed in plastic material as well. The microsatellite, that meacertains only of 300 x 100 x 100 mm in dimensions, in addition contains an electric battery unit, that reportedly has created use of 3D printing with zirconium for the initially time at any time. The microsatellite can in addition contain a number of sensors, that can record temperature fluctuation data of the satellite, as well as how its components function during these fluctuations, and send the data back down to planet Earth to assist us advantageous know making for conditions in outer space.

    The cargo spacecraft is aleager in the midst of its two day journey towards the ISS, and aside of the 3D printed microsatellite, can in addition include fuel, air, food, life assist equipment, and parcels for the ISS crew. The ship is planned to dock to the ISS’s Zvezda module on April 2, and can be desktop regulated and monitored by Russia’s own Yuri Malenchenko and Aleksey Ovchinin. When the cargo vehicle safely arrives, the crew can retrieve the Tomsk-TPU-120 and position it outside of the ISS during their future scheduled spacewalk.

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    On the other hand the big news here, especially for us, is the creation of the microsatellite, Russia has other reasons to celebrate the space travels of their Progress MS-02. This is in fact the 2nd commence of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket equipped with a Progress cargo vehicle, but the initially take on led to a damaged spacecraft that failed to enter its designated orbit. This commence, howat any time, appears to be going really smoothly, and it only of eager to link up with the ISS. And while I’m certain the crew can be excited by the replenished donate of food, air, and equipment abroad the Progress MS-02 cargo vehicle, I ponder it’s safe to expect that this newly created 3D printed microsatellite can end up greatly impacting the way we explore space. Russia’s future planned cargo vehicle commence, with the Progress MS-03, is set to depart for the ISS on July 4, but it remains to be seen if any 3D printed devices can be aboard that particular flight.



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