3-D printing and in-orbit manufacturing promise to transform space missions

3-D printing and in-orbit manufacturing promise to transform space missions

3-D printing and in-orbit manufacturing promise to transform space missions

(SpaceNews, 8/22/17)

At Made In Space, the Silicon Valley startup that sent the first 3-D printer to the International Space Station, employees joke about the ways their technology would take the suspense out of popular space movies.

Apollo 13, for example, would be a pretty boring film if the astronauts had a 3-D printer to create adapters for their carbon dioxide scrubbers. Likewise, The Martian would have been a much different story if Mark Watney had access to additive manufacturing on Mars.

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