Astronauts on the International Space Station will need to make room for one more gadget: a NASA-certified 3D printer.
The device, designed by Made in Space at NASA’s Ames Research Park in Mountain View, will launch on SpaceX CRS-4 in August, a few months ahead of schedule. Initially, astronauts will test the printer in the ISS’ microgravity environment, but eventually it could be used to build tools and other hardware needed for on-board repairs or cubesat deployments.
Down the road, Made in Space’s clients could also have access to the printer for their own experiments. “This is unprecedented access to space,” CEO Aaron Kemmer said in a press release. “If you want to 3D print in space, contact us now.”
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