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Made In Space Archinaut Program Reaches Major Milestone as Development Continues

13 Mar 2019, 17:24 UTC
Made In Space Archinaut Program Reaches Major Milestone as Development Continues
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Made In Space, Inc., successfully demonstrated Archinaut’s additive manufacturing — better known as 3D printing — and robotic assembly capability in a simulated space environment, a key milestone that paves the way to operate in space. Pictured above, Archinaut manufacturing and assembly unit enters the Thermal Vacuum Chamber (TVAC) at teammate Northrop Grumman’s facility in Redondo Beach, Calif. TVAC simulates the thermal and pressure environment of Low Earth Orbit.The Made In Space Archinaut program has accomplished another exciting milestone. During recent testing at Northrop Grumman’s Space Park facilities in Redondo Beach, California, we successfully operated Archinaut’s core additive manufacturing and robotic assembly technology suite in a space-like environment. These operations took place in a thermal vacuum (TVAC) chamber, simulating the extreme temperature and vacuum pressure of what a satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) would be exposed to. The completion of this ground-based testing raises the technology readiness level (TRL) of the Archinaut platform and demonstrates that core Archinaut technologies are now prepared to operate in space.I'm proud of the progress our #Archinaut program has made. These additive manufacturing & robotic assembly capabilities have the potential to transform space infrastructure. Great example of public-private partnership supporting space commercialization! https://t.co/1kb96ST9y6 — @RushSpaceThe Archinaut ...

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