Nasa has awarded Maxar, a space technology company, with $142 million to robotically manufacture a lightweight composite beam and assemble a communications antenna in orbit. The demonstration shows how advanced robotics technology can enable unmanned building of complex structures in space. Such a development would greatly increase our ability to construct larger structures, conduct research, and travel in space.
“In-space assembly and manufacturing will allow for greater mission flexibility, adaptability, and resilience, which will be key to NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach,” said Brent Robertson, project manager of Restore-L at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
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Press Release: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-funds-demonstration-of-assembly-and-manufacturing-in-space