The Mountain View, California-based Nasa awarded $73.7 million to startup ‘Made In Space,’ for ‘Archinaut” spacecraft-assembly technology an orbital test.’ A 3D-printed next-generation satellite without support refers to using advanced 3D printing techniques to produce satellite components that can be built without supporting structures. This allows for the creation of complex designs that are impossible using traditional manufacturing methods.
Using 3D printing technology for satellite construction without support structures can result in significant benefits, such as reduced weight, increased durability, and lower costs. The absence of support structures also allows for creating of more intricate designs, which can improve the overall performance of the satellite. 3D printing technology enables the production of satellite components with greater precision and accuracy, improving the satellite’s reliability and efficiency. While 3D-printed next-generation satellites without support are still in the experimental stage, researchers and scientists are continuing to explore the potential of this technology in developing the next generation of satellites. The ability to produce more lightweight and efficient satellites has important implications for space exploration and communication. It can increase the number of satellites that can be launched and reduce the cost of satellite deployment. Lastly, 3D printing technology is poised to revolutionize how satellites are designed and constructed. The development of next-generation satellites without support structures is just one example of this technology’s many exciting possibilities.
Mr.Jim Reuter, an associate administrator of NASA‘s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said, “In-space robotic manufacturing and assembly are unquestionable game-changers and fundamental capabilities for future space exploration. By developing this transformative technology, the United States will maintain its leadership in space exploration as we push forward with astronauts to the moon and Mars. Archinaut features a 3D printer and robotic manipulator arms. Together, this tech will eventually allow the craft to perform various valuable tasks off Earth, from fixing and upgrading satellites (with ultrapowerful solar arrays, for example) to building huge structures such as space telescopes.”