Please join us for the next meeting of Space Advocates on Friday, March 22nd at 10:00 a.m. We'll be having a discussion of in-space additive manufacturing (more commonly known as 3D printing) with Justin Kugler of Made In Space, followed by a question and answer session. Justin is the Vice President of Advanced Programs & Concepts at Made In Space, a company pioneering in-space additive manufacturing.
With the success of movies like The Martian and Interstellar portraying the imminent possibility of space settlement, interest in technologies that will empower extended (even indefinite) missions in space is at an all-time high: in-space additive manufacturing is one of those technologies. At present, we have an Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station (ISS), which enables ISS to perform immediate, on-demand repairs and upgrade its hardware without waiting for an expensive rocket launch to deliver supplies.
Come hear Justin explain how additive manufacturing works, the challenges of using it in zero-gravity, and what the future of in-space additive manufacturing might look like.
For those of you new to the group, Space Advocates is a non-partisan, staff-led group that promotes awareness of space and aeronautical issues through monthly events and other efforts.