Turning Asteroids Into Spaceships

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Made in Space is a California-based manufacturing company that specializes in leveraging the unique properties of the space environment to develop solutions to commercial, industrial, research and defense challenges.

The company is a pioneer in using 3D printing technology to colonize space.

Their most famous project, the Archinaut system, consists of a floating, robotic factory that can build satellites in orbit.

The latest initiative, however, is really raising the bar. Made in Space recently announced their plan to use 3D printing to turn asteroids into spaceships.

The asteroid-spacecraft will be programmed to fly to mining stations and collect Regolith, a dust and soil layer of material covering rocks found on Earth, Mars, and the Moon that can be used as feedstock for construct propulsion, navigation, energy-storage and other key systems onsite alongside 3D printing and other technologies.

This plan is part of the Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata (RAMA) Project, which is funded by NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.

 

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