Space Florida Approves Terms of Deal With Made in Space

space_florida_logoThe Space Florida Board of Directors has approved a $3.5 million deal with Made in Space to finance the manufacturing of advanced fiber optic cable aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The board gave approval earlier this month to changes in the terms of Project ICE, which members had originally approved in January. Florida Today reports that Made in Space has confirmed it is the partner in the deal.

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Made In Space to Demonstrate Manufacture of Exotic Optical Fiber in Space

Credit: Made in Space
Credit: Made in Space

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (Made in Space PR0) — Made In Space, Inc. (Made In Space) and Thorlabs, Inc. (Thorlabs) will send a microgravity-optimized, miniature fiber drawing system to the International Space Station (ISS) to manufacture high-value-to-mass ZBLAN optical fiber via a user agreement with The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS).

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CASIS Announces 12 New Research Awards

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (July 13, 2016) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced it has awarded 12 research agreements within the fields of Earth observation, education, physical and life sciences that will provide researchers access to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory and its microgravity environment. Multiple payloads will originate as ground-based inquiry with the potential to evolve into a follow-on flight project. As the manager of the ISS National Laboratory, CASIS collaborates with NASA to make the orbiting facility available to researchers whose work would benefit from a microgravity setting and contribute to the improvement of life on Earth.

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Made in Space Looks to Transform Asteroids into Autonomous Spacecraft

Artists depiction of an asteroid being reconstituted into a mechanical automata. (Credit: Made in Space)
Artists depiction of an asteroid being reconstituted into a mechanical automata. (Credit: Made in Space)

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program recently selected 13 proposals for Phase I awards. Below is the description of an asteroid proposal submitted by Made In Space.

Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata

Jason Dunn
Made In Space, Inc.

The objective of this study is for Made In Space (MIS) to establish the concept feasibility of using the age-old technique of analog computers and mechanisms to convert entire asteroids into enormous autonomous mechanical spacecraft.

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NASA Selects 13 NIAC Phase I Projects

Artists depiction of an asteroid being reconstituted into a mechanical automata. (Credit: Made in Space)
Artists depiction of an asteroid being reconstituted into a mechanical automata. (Credit: Made in Space)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 13 proposals through NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies.

Among the selected are: a concept for reprogramming microorganisms that could use the Martian environment to recycle and print electronics; a two-dimensional spacecraft with ultra-thin subsystems that may wrap around space debris to enable de-orbiting; and a method of computational imaging that leverages extrasolar intensity fluctuations to detect “echoes” from planets and other structures orbiting a distant star.

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Research Payloads Arrive on International Space Station

Lowe's Innovation Labs/Made in Space 3D printer in action. (Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast Creative)
Lowe’s Innovation Labs/Made in Space 3D printer in action. (Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast Creative)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., March 26, 2016 (CASIS PR) – The most recent series of payloads have berthed with the International Space Station (ISS) today onboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule.

Many of the investigations transported by United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket and Cygnus capsule are payloads sponsored by the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space is tasked with managing and promoting research onboard the ISS National Laboratory, and all manifested payloads must contain the potential for Earth benefits.

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Cygnus Cargo Vehicle Carrying New 3D Printer, Innovative Experiments

Atlas V rocket carrying the OA-6 mission to the ISS. (Credit: ULA)
Atlas V rocket carrying the OA-6 mission to the ISS. (Credit: ULA)

By Steven Siceloff,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A new 3D printer and research projects examining everything from adhesive technologies to the behavior of large fires in space were launched Tuesday, March 22, at 11:05 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Made In Space/Lowes Sending 3-D Printer to ISS on Tuesday

Video about the Made In Space/Lowe’s 3-D printer headed for the International Space Station on Tuesday aboard a Cygnus cargo ship.

NASA commercial provider Orbital ATK is scheduled to launch its fifth mission to the International Space Station Tuesday, March 22 under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Live launch coverage will begin at 10 p.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The company’s Cygnus spacecraft is set to lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 11:05 p.m., the start of a 30-minute launch window, from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Coverage will resume for solar array deployment at 12:45 a.m. March 23, and a post-launch briefing will be held approximately two hours after launch.

Made In Space’s Work with NASA Has Led to Success on Earth

ISS Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore holds up the first 3-D printed part made in space. (Credit: Made in Space)
ISS Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore holds up the first 3-D printed part made in space. (Credit: Made in Space)

SUNNYVALE, Calif, January 20, 2016 (Made in Space PR) — The first ever in-space manufacturing was made possible through a NASA and Made In Space (MIS) collaboration called the “3D Printing in Zero-Gravity Experiment.” The experiment was a critical pathfinder for both NASA and MIS and involved building the first zero-gravity 3D printer; designated “3D Print.” The promising results from that experiment have given MIS and NASA the confidence to further invest in proving out the case for off-world additive manufacturing.

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Made In Space Teams with Enterprise In Space to 3D Print First Space-Bound Airframe

Alice Hoffman, Mike Snyder and Lynne Zielinski with EIS 3D printed model. (Credit: NSS)
Alice Hoffman, Mike Snyder and Lynne Zielinski with EIS 3D printed model. (Credit: NSS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2015 (NSS PR) — Enterprise In Space (EIS), an international project of the non-profit National Space Society, is excited to announce a partnership with Made In Space, Inc. to extensively use 3D printed components in a spacecraft to be launched into Earth orbit. This educational spacecraft will be the first real spacecraft bearing the “Enterprise” name. Once in orbit, the NSS Enterprise will not only be the first 3D printed airframe in space, but it will also carry more than 100 passive and active student experiments into space and back to Earth.

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NASA Selects Made in Space to Develop Advanced 3D Printing in Space

Made in Space employees on a Zero G research flight.
Made in Space employees on a Zero G research flight.

NASA Selects Made In Space Proposal
for Next Generation Space Manufacturing Program

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., November 19, 2015 (Made in Space PR) – NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate announced its selection of the Made In Space project proposal for utilizing public-private partnerships to advance Tipping Point Technologies. The NASA funded project, designated “Archinaut,” is designed to develop the necessary technologies and subsystems which will enable the first additive manufacturing, aggregation, and assembly of large and complex systems in space without astronaut extravehicular activity.

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Lowe’s Teams With Made in Space on 3D Printer

Lowe's Innovation Labs/Made in Space 3D printer in action. (Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast Creative)
Lowe’s Innovation Labs/Made in Space 3D printer in action. (Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast Creative)

MOORESVILLE, N.C., October 29, 2015 (Made in Space, Lowe’s PR) – Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive innovation hub of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., has partnered with aerospace company Made in Space, to become the first to launch a commercial 3D printer to space. The printer, the first permanent additive manufacturing facility for the International Space Station (ISS), will bring tools and technology to astronauts in space. At the same time here on earth, Lowe’s is launching the next-generation Lowe’s Holoroom – an in-store and at-home virtual reality design tool that enables customers to envision the room of their dreams. (more…)

CSF Adds New Member Companies

CSF_logo2WASHINGTON, D.C. (CSF PR) — The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed several new member companies at its Executive Board meeting this week, expanding its membership to more than 60 companies.

Spaceport Camden of Camden County, Georgia joined CSF as an Executive Member. Steve Howard, Spaceport Camden project leader, will represent his organization on the CSF Board of Directors. “CSF’s mission strategically aligns with Camden’s goals, and we are pleased to join other industry leaders as part of this organization,” Howard said.

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Made in Space, NanoRacks Team for CubeSat Development & Deployment

made_in_space_logoMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif, August 11, 2015 (Made in Space/NanoRacks PR) — Made In Space, the space manufacturing company, and NanoRacks, the premier provider of commercial low-Earth orbit services, are partnering to provide a transformative new service for CubeSat developers: the Stash & Deploy satellite deployment service.

The Stash & Deploy service will leverage NanoRacks’ heritage in CubeSat deployment and Made In Space’s in-space additive manufacturing capabilities to deliver on-demand satellite manufacturing, assembly, and deployment to the space environment. A variety of standard and customer-specific satellite components will be cached aboard a satellite deployment platform, such as the International Space Station. These components are “stashed” for rapid manufacture of CubeSats. Made In Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility will be used to create custom structure, optimized for both the space environment and customer need.

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