NASA Bets on a Spacecraft that Can 3-D Print and Self-Assemble in Orbit

Archinaut One will test 3-D printing spacecraft components, and then assembling them, in low-Earth orbit. (Credit: Made in Space, Inc.) Putting a satellite in space is news of the past, but launching a spacecraft that can 3-D print and self-assemble is a story of the future. NASA is now betting on the technology being ready for prime time as early as 2022. Last week, the space agency announced that they had awarded a $73.7 million contract to a startup company called Made In Space, Inc.

NASA Bets on a Spacecraft that Can 3-D Print and Self-Assemble in Orbit

Archinaut One will test 3-D printing spacecraft components, and then assembling them, in low-Earth orbit. (Credit: Made in Space, Inc.) Putting a satellite in space is news of the past, but ...

Mon 15 Jul 19 from Discover Magazine

NASA backs demo that will 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit

NASA is expanding its efforts to bring 3D printing to space. The agency has given Made In Space a $73.3 million contract to demonstrate the ability to 3D-print spacecraft parts in ...

Sun 14 Jul 19 from Engadget

Archinaut, a Construction Robot for Space, Could Launch on Test Flight in 2022

NASA has awarded California startup Made In Space $73.7 million to give the company's "Archinaut" spacecraft-assembly technology an orbital test.

Sat 13 Jul 19 from SPACE.com

Archinaut snags $73 million in NASA funding to 3-D print giant spacecraft parts in orbit

A project to 3-D print bulky components in space rather than bring them up there has collected a $73.7 million contract from NASA to demonstrate the technique in space. Archinaut, a mission ...

Fri 12 Jul 19 from TechCrunch

NASA bets on spacecraft that can 3D print and self-assemble in orbit

After 3D printing over 200 astronaut tools and devices from a manufacturing unit aboard the ISS, Made In Space receives a $73.7 million contract to explore 3D printing a small spacecraft in ...

Tue 16 Jul 19 from Astronomy.com

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

From NASA NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture ...

Sun 14 Jul 19 from Watts Up With That?

NASA funds demo of 3D-Printed spacecraft parts made, assembled in orbit, Sat 13 Jul 19 from SpaceDaily

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