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NASA will begin to build satellites directly in space (2 photos + video)

Space exploration is an extremely costly pleasure, and one of the most expensive parts of the space budget is the delivery of equipment into orbit. The original idea of Made in Space is to manufacture the necessary equipment directly in space using 3D printing. Transferring the manufacture and assembly of space equipment directly into orbit solves many complex problems. First of all, the delivery of raw materials is much less expensive than the uplift of complex equipment, sensitive to overloads and occupying large volumes. NASA has made a $ 73.7 million contract with Made in Space. Under the contract, a prototype Achinaut One will be created for 3D printing of beams in outer space. The device will be delivered into orbit by an Electron carrier from Rocket Lab. The start is scheduled for 2022. The first test test is to print two beams 10 meters long on which the solar panels will be placed. The productivity of the new solar power plant will be 5 times higher than that of the same. With a successful test print in space, NASA plans to continue to create in-orbit communications antennas, landing platforms and other massive equipment. Another advantage of the technology is the ability to control the process in automatic mode. This reduces the time the astronauts go into outer space, increases their safety and frees from the ordinary routine work of the collector.

Sam Richards

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