On-Orbit Manufacturing – From Orbital Factories to In Situ Resource Utilization

On-Orbit Manufacturing – From Orbital Factories to In Situ Resource Utilization
Recorded on Tuesday, March 1, 2016:


1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern US Time

This webinar will review commercial prospects for manufacturing in orbit. Doing business in space is rapidly becoming more reliable, affordable and accessible. From 2010 to 2015 launch prices went down by a factor of ~10 or more, to about $5,000/kg while investments into “Space 2.0” companies and technologies are closing in on $2.5 Billion (New Space Global). With three commercial suppliers (SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp) to Earth’s orbits, mission frequency is improving dramatically. Moreover, private space companies (SpaceX Reusable Dragon Lab; Bigelow’s B330) are also scouting the opportunities of renting or selling modules as platforms for orbital free-flying facilities; modules that can be used for automated fabrication to manned experiments.

Topics addressed in the webinar include:

  • Case studies of unique competitive advantages that can be gained from microgravity and space vacuum: wafer reprocessing, fiber optics, crystal growth;
  • Prospective solar power orbital data centers;
  • Reuse and recycling of orbital debris as a possible feedstock for robotic 3D fabrication potentially in the vacuum as well as inside facilities;
  • The story behind the original WakeShield wafer fabrication facility and its relevance to today’s activities;
  • Environmental value proposition of on-orbit manufacturing for products with toxic byproducts or excessively large green house gases footprints;
  • Longer term scenario of flexible, connected, automated, intelligent and sustainable orbital factories of the future.

Opening up a less-appreciated aspect of “Space2.0/NewSpace,” this webinar will be of high interest to CTOs, Directors and Managers from product development to R&D, Innovation Strategy leaders, and investors, across many different industrial verticals (materials, electronics, pharmaceuticals, advanced & sustainable manufacturing, bioengineering…)—and anyone trying to understand what value space can have for their business in the near and far future.



Dr. Ioana Cozmuta,
Industry Innovation and Microgravity Lead, Space Portal,


Joe Carroll,

Rich Glover,
President and CEO,

Jonathan Goff,
Founder and CEO,

Prof. Alex Ignatiev,
Board Member,

Andrew Rush,

Senior Representative,
SPACEX (invited)

Erin Dolleris

Webinar Producer

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How It Works

The 90 minute session is interactive and you will be able to submit questions -live- to our esteemed speakers - via computer during the session. However, please note that since this is a discussion and not a formal presentation the only visual elements will be the information contained herein.
You will receive confirmation of your registration via email.
A separate email sent a (business) day before the webinar will include a toll free dial-in phone number and access code to dial into the seminar. It will also include the Internet address and login instructions to access the webinar.
At the time of the interactive session, you will call into the toll-free number via phone or speakerphone and log in to the special website. You will follow the presentation on the web; the Instructors will manage the timing and page changes of the presentation directly.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions at specified times during the presentation. All participants will be able to hear both the questions and answers.
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