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NASA wants to build huge spacecraft in orbit with robots and 3D printers

SpiderFab

If you want to send a large piece of a spacecraft into orbit that can later be assembled into a larger product in space, it is common practice to build it on Earth and design it to fold up so it can fit into a rocket.For the past year, NASA has been working with Tethers Unlimited, a space technology development company based out of Bothell, Wash., to find a better way. The space agency just awarded Tethers Unlimited an additional $500,000 to continue developing SpiderFab, a robotic 3D printing and assembly system that could build structures larger than half a mile wide in orbit.Instead of specially engineering spacecraft components to fit into

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07 Sep
3DPrinter.net @3DPrinter_net
RT @SolidWild: NASA wants to build huge spacecraft in orbit with robots and 3D printers #3dprinting #NASA http://t.co/NyMu1gmhpS
07 Sep
SolidWild @SolidWild
NASA wants to build huge spacecraft in orbit with robots and 3D printers #3dprinting #NASA http://t.co/NyMu1gmhpS