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The Mountain View California based Nasa gave the award of $73.7 million to startup ‘Made In Space,’ for ‘Archinaut” spacecraft-assembly technology an orbital test.’

In accordance with Mr.Jim Reuter, associate administrator of NASA‘s Space Technology Mission Directorate, “In-space robotic manufacturing and assembly are unquestionable game-changers and fundamental capabilities for future space exploration. By taking the lead in the development of this transformative technology, the United States will maintain its leadership in space exploration as we push forward with astronauts to the moon and then on to Mars.
Archinaut features a 3D printer and robotic manipulator arms. Together, this tech will eventually allow the craft to perform a wide variety of valuable tasks off Earth, from fixing and upgrading satellites (with ultrapowerful solar arrays, for example) to building huge structures such as space telescopes.”

3D printing building buildings on the moon

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According to Jason Ballard, co-founder, and CEO of ICON, “Building humanity’s first home on another world will be the most ambitious construction project in human history and will push science, engineering, technology, and architecture to literally new heights. NASA’s investment in space-age technologies like this can not only help to advance humanity’s future in space but also solve very real, vexing problems we face on Earth. We are honored to begin our research and development on ICON’s “Project Olympus” and the “Olympus Construction System.”

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