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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Made in Space Makes Breakthrough in Zero Gravity Vacuum 3D Printing

Credit: Made in Space
Credit: Made in Space

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Made in Space PR) — Made In Space has announced a breakthrough in their efforts to develop manufacturing technologies for extra terrestrial applications. Following on from their successes in printing on the International Space Station, Made In Space has been working on ways to operate outside the International Space Station in the vacuum of space. Last month Made In Space successfully completed a round of tests, proving that their next generation of 3D printers can operate in the vacuum of space.

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Made in Space Begins Selling Filament 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)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Made in Space PR) — Made In Space, a company that focuses on selling products in space, announced plans to sell physical products on Earth.

In addition to operating as a space-based 3D printing service bureau for NASA and other space developers, the company will begin serving terrestrial markets as well. Partnering with major 3D printing filament resellers, Made In Space hopes that by making their space grade resources widely available, they will boost the continued expansion of the commercial space sector as well as help catalyze new, unanticipated space development activities.

“We selected our material after testing dozens of different vendors and have determined it to be some of the highest quality available.” – Matthew Napoli, Made In Space – Director of In-Space Manufacturing

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3D Printed Items Examined After Return From Space

The first items ever manufactured in space with a 3-D printer were unboxed on April 6, 2015 in the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The parts were made on the International Space Station and returned to Earth for testing at Marshall. (Credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)
The first items ever manufactured in space with a 3-D printer were unboxed on April 6, 2015 in the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The parts were made on the International Space Station and returned to Earth for testing at Marshall. (Credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (NASA PR) — Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, unboxed some special cargo from the International Space Station on April 6: the first items manufactured in space with a 3-D printer.

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Shackelton Signs MOU With CASIS for ISS Cargo Return System

Shackelton Oryx return vehicle. (Credit: SEC)
Shackelton Oryx return vehicle. (Credit: SEC)

AUSTIN, Texas (SEC PR) — On 19 February 2015, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Shackleton Energy Company (SEC) to design, develop and test in space a variety of new, highly capable reentry vehicles enabling on–demand, rapid return to Earth of time-critical experiments from Low Earth Orbit (LEO). CASIS was tasked by NASA in 2011 to manage the U.S. National Laboratory on the ISS.

SEC’s re-entry vehicles (technically described as Mini Space Brakes–MSBs) will be developed using novel aerobraking and flight dynamics control systems. The SEC team will leverage US federal technology investments and work closely with CASIS, NASA Centers, FAA, DoD and private partners to achieve its goals.

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Student Winners 3D Space Printing

Sydney Vernon of Bellevue, Washington during her finalist interview with Astronaut Reid Weisman. (Credit:  Adrienne Gifford)
Sydney Vernon of Bellevue, Washington during her finalist interview with Astronaut Reid Weisman. (Credit:
Adrienne Gifford)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — After three months of designing and modeling, a panel of judges from NASA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation (ASME) and Made In Space Inc. have selected the winners of the Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space Tool Challenge.

The winner from the Teen Group (ages 13-19) is a Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool that Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Alabama, designed. The winner of the Junior Group (ages 5-12) is a Space Planter that Sydney Vernon from Bellevue, Washington, designed.

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