SpaceX’s Cargo Resupply Mission Set To Launch At 1:52 A.M. ET Carrying A 3D Printer To The ISS. Watch LIVE: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
3D printing technology and its expansion is believed by some to be the trigger for a forthcoming second industrial revolution. For companies like SpaceX, NASA, and additive manufacturing company Made In Space, the future of this type of manufacturing is believed to serve an instrumental purpose far beyond the bounds of our planet. Today, 3D printing will begin its journey into space for the very first time.
After nearly 30,000 hours of 3D printing technology testing, and 400-plus parabolas of airborne microgravity test flights with help from NASA, Made In Space’s microwave-sized 3D printer, called Portal, is flying aboard SpaceX’s next Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
As Made in Space maintains, manufacturing the necessary tools and assets in-house (as opposed to launching them from Earth), will not only accelerate space development, but will broaden and expand the industry as well.
“Cargo ships just can’t go make a quick run to deliver you something that you’ve run out of,” said LaNetra Tate, the principal investigator for Advanced Manufacturing at NASA Headquarters. This is especially significant when considering space exploration beyond the confines of low-Earth orbit. 3D printing is a technology, which Tate asserts, “that can be potentially beneficial for exploring deeper into space.”
SpaceX’s Dragon commercial resupply mission launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday, September 21th at 1:52 AM ET.
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