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    NASA bets on spacecraft that can 3D print and self-assemble in orbit

    NASA bets on spacecraft that can 3D print and self-assemble in orbit

    This will allow us to make larger craft since we wouldn't have to worry about earth's gravity well.

    Putting a satellite in space is news of the past, but launching a spacecraft that can 3-D print and self-assemble is a story of the future. NASA is now betting on the technology being ready for prime time as early as 2022.Last week, the space agency announced that they had awarded a $73.7 million contract to a startup company called Made In Space, Inc. The money will fund a test of the concept using a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, in low-Earth orbit.
    Building stuff in space

    Made In Space is a California-based startup that specializes in developing manufacturing tech to be used in space ó a task easier said than done.


    Space isnít the friendliest of environments for building things (or doing anything, for that matter). For starters, the average temperature in outer space is -457.87 degrees Fahrenheit (-270.15 degrees Celcius), and there is little gravity or pressure.


    But back in 2014, Made In Space made history by 3-D printing the first object ever produced in space. And since 2016, they have been running a permanent manufacturing unit inside the International Space Station, dubbed the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF). Since its installation, this on-demand hardware store has built over 200 tools, devices and components via 3-D printing.


    Just like astronauts can survive the harsh conditions of space thanks to their protective suits, the AMF still functions in space because its parts are encased, letting it print like it would on Earth. AMF can print using a variety of materials, including an aerospace-grade polymer commonly found in spacecraft and rocket parts. And earlier this year, the company also saw its Refabricator installed on ISS, which can use recycled plastic to 3-D print new parts.


    A self-assembling spacecraft
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    The brains that have always been a NASA hallmark never cease to amaze me. Our lives , our country and the human " can do" spirit has been so enriched by the program.
    Barbara Streisand was laughing so hard Elton John came out of her nose..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotton1 View Post
    The brains that have always been a NASA hallmark never cease to amaze me. Our lives , our country and the human " can do" spirit has been so enriched by the program.
    And it benefits society in general. Better than any other thing the government does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    And it benefits society in general. Better than any other thing the government does.
    Absolutely. Without NASA , Our world would be a different place. I was listening to a narrater speak about the computer programmers for Apollo 8. He said " for the first time in history the destiny of humans will be in the hands of computers". Now nearly all we do and our destiny is in the hands of computers. Even our very lives. Im thankful to Russia for being the spark. Im thankful to JFK , Von Braun and all who accepted the challenge to use that " spark" to light Americas fuse and by extension, map our future.
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    20 Inventions We Wouldn't Have Without Space Travel
    https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographic...w.php?id=11358

    Well, maybe. Space travel or not, we can invent almost anything if there's a will and a need. For example, whose to say we wouldn't have invented camera phones without the space program? It just might have taken a little longer. See what I mean?

    Now let's look at how much it cost:
    The Space Review: Costs of US piloted programs
    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1

    The US has spent $486 billion over 57 years on human space flight, an average of $8.3 billion a year.
    We might not have had those exact same inventions but I'll bet $486 billion could have bought a heck of a lot of other inventions if the money had been spent to promote inventions. Who knows, we might have had 50 or 100 new inventions. New things are being invented all the time by US corporations.


    $486 billion for 20 inventions averages out to about 24.3 billion per invention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpster View Post
    https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographic...w.php?id=11358

    Well, maybe. Space travel or not, we can invent almost anything if there's a will and a need. For example, whose to say we wouldn't have invented camera phones without the space program? It just might have taken a little longer. See what I mean?

    Now let's look at how much it cost: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1



    We might not have had those exact same inventions but I'll bet $486 billion could have bought a heck of a lot of other inventions if the money had been spent to promote inventions. Who knows, we might have had 50 or 100 new inventions. New things are being invented all the time by US corporations.


    That averages out to about 24.3 billion per invention.
    The roi for Apollo was 26:1.

    Take competition to improve from humans and you will not see advancement.
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    What we got from a 57 year government program was 20 inventions at an average cost of 24.3 billion for each invention.

    Because of capitalism, corporations are competing all the time and inventing new things daily. Imagine how many inventions have been made by corporations in the last 57 years.

    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpster View Post
    What we got from a 57 year government program was 20 inventions at an average cost of 24.3 billion for each invention.

    Because of capitalism, corporations are competing all the time and inventing new things daily - thousands of inventions.
    You are mistaken. The roi of Apollo was 26:1.

    If humans cease exploring we would stagnate. That is an unwise position to take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    You are mistaken. The roi of Apollo was 26:1.

    If humans cease exploring we would stagnate. That is an unwise position to take.
    You are mistaken because you're only covering a limited number of years, not the 57 years as specified in the link I gave. Did you even look at the link?

    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpster View Post
    You are mistaken because you're only covering a limited number of years, not the 57 years as specified in the link I gave. Did you even look at the link?

    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1
    I looked at it. I am not convinced that the tech created for Apollo would come through passivity. It just doesn't happen that way.
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