NASA spacecraft will 3D print solar panels... WHILE IN SPACE

NASA has issued a $73 million dollar contract to Made In Space to 3D print spacecraft parts in orbit using Archinaut One.

Jak Connor
Published Mon, Jul 15 2019 1:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

NASA has partnered up with Made In Space to demonstrate a new spacecraft that will 3D print spacecraft components in Earth's lower-orbit.

Made In Space and NASA will soon be bringing Archinaut One to lower-earths orbit when the launch of the Rocket Lab Electron rocket takes to the skies from New Zealand in 2022. The spacecraft will be "positioned in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft will 3D-print two beams that extend 32 feet (10 meters) out from each side of the spacecraft." The craft will be equipped with solar panels that will generate five times more power than normal solar panles the same size spacecraft. These solar panels will act as energy sources for when the craft is manufacturing.

Here is the official description: "Once it's positioned in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft will 3D-print two beams that extend 32 feet (10 meters) out from each side of the spacecraft. As manufacturing progresses, each beam will unfurl two solar arrays that generate up to five times more power than traditional solar panels on spacecraft of similar size. The in-space technology demonstration marks the start of the second phase of a partnership established through NASA's Tipping Point solicitation."

The above video is a demonstration video that has been released onto the NASA video YouTube channel, check it out to see what we have planned for space in 2022.

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Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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