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,
NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER
President and CEO,
ACME ADVANCED MATERIALS
Founder and CEO,
ALTIUS SPACE MACHINES
Prof. Alex Ignatiev,
APPLIED OPTOELECTRONICS INC
MADE IN SPACE