Made In Space to Demo In-Orbit Manufacturing System Under $74M NASA Contract

Jeff Brody

Made In Space has received a $73.7 million contract from NASA to test a small robot designed to produce spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. NASA said Saturday that the company will demonstrate the potential of Archinaut One to manufacture technologies for the agency’s missions to Mars and the moon.

The award marks the beginning of the second phase of a public-private partnership that was formed via the Tipping Point  solicitation process and includes a cost-sharing arrangement.

Archinaut One is scheduled to fly aboard a Rocket Lab-made Electron rocket from New Zealand by 2022 and expected to demonstrate a 3D printing process upon reaching orbit.

The agency expects the robotic spacecraft to manufacture two beams that would unfold and function as solar panels. The resulting panels are intended to generate five times more energy than standard solar panels of similar size. Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory also support the mission.

You may also be interested in...

ArchIntel

ArchIntel Offering Competitive Intelligence Roundtable Membership to Enhance CI Collaboration

ArchIntel, the market leading provider of open source daily intelligence, competitive intelligence reports and competitive intelligence events, is now offering a Competitive Intelligence Roundtable Membership for CI professionals at the executive level to privately discuss the challenges and best practices for the competitive and market intelligence sectors. 

SOSi CEO Julian Setian Receives Wash100 Award

SOSi CEO Julian Setian Receives Second Consecutive Wash100 Award for Driving Growth, Emerging Tech Capabilities

For the second consecutive year, SOS International CEO Julian Setian has received a Wash100 Award for his leadership and vision to drive company growth and innovation for its technical capabilities in cloud, cybersecurity, data analytics and software development. Under his leadership, Setian has continued to drive company growth and expansion of its vital capabilities.