An update from Tethers Unlimited:
TUI Successfully Demonstrates Novel Tech for On-Orbit Manufacturing of Space Structures: Under a Phase I NASA SBIR, TUI has successfully demonstrated in the laboratory a novel “Trusselator” device that uses additive manufacturing techniques to enable on-orbit fabrication of high-performance carbon-fiber truss structures. The Trusselator technology is a key element of TUI’s “SpiderFab” architecture, which will enable on-orbit fabrication of huge antennas, high-power solar arrays, and other systems not possible with current technologies.
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Tethers Unlimited, Inc. develops innovative technologies to enable transformative capabilities and dramatic cost savings for missions in Space, Sea, Earth, and Air. Its technology portfolio includes advanced space propulsion systems, high performance radios for small satellites, and methods for additive manufacturing of multifunctional spacecraft structures. To learn more about TUI and its products, please visit www.tethers.com