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Following the award of $73.7 million contract from NASA earlier this week, Californian off-world manufacturer Made In Space has confirmed that American global aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman will be a subcontractor on its Archinaut 3D printing project.
Initially awarded a contract in 2016, the Archinaut is a machine developed by Made In Space for the construction of large structures, including satellites, in low gravity conditions. Following testing in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) simulated environment, Archinaut’s 3D printing technology was deemed “prepared to operate in space” in March this year.
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The $73.7 million contract from NASA will enable Made In Space to take the project into the second phase of development. Working with Northrop Grumman, this phase will focus on enabling a test flight of the Archinaut system into space for the first time. “Demonstrating additive manufacturing in space will open up new doors in the design and construction of space structures that to date have been limited by the volume of a launch vehicle,” comments Richard Stapp, Vice President of Resiliency and Rapid Prototyping at Northrop Grumman.
“EFFECTIVELY BUILDING STRUCTURES IN SPACE IS ONE OF THE NEXT BIG STEPS IN OUR CONTINUOUS JOURNEY OF SPACE EXPLORATION.”
Archinaut - Construction - Systems - ULISSES - DILO
Archinaut is composed of two symbiotic construction systems known as ULISSES and DILO. ULISSES is the system that 3D prints and assembles trusses, whereas DILO is capable of fabricating and assembling large reflectors. Working autonomously, the idea is that these two systems collaborate to build...
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