Items tagged with SpiderFab

The way spacecraft are built is about to change. Tethers Unlimited just received a $500,000  Phase II contract from NASA to continue its plans for robots that will use 3D printing to create spacecraft in space. If it succeeds, squeezing satellites and other spacecraft into rockets could become a thing of the past. NASA has helped fund development of SpiderFab, which plans to build spacecraft from materials delivered by rocket. Image credit: TUI The program, known as SpiderFab, relies on spider-like robots that print large components from materials that are sent to space via rockets. “On-orbit... Read more...