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NASA Designs 3D Printing Spider

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NASA is working on a project to send a 3 dimensional printing system into space.

NASA is working on a project to send a 3 dimensional printing system into space.

Working with Tethers Unlimited, NASA scientists are designing the device, known as the SpiderFab, so that 3D printing can happen in the zero gravity environment of space.

The SpiderFab spacecrafts will make building larger structures in space possible.

Limitations on the size and weight of spacecrafts because of restrictions imposed by gravity and logistics might be a thing of the past.

Constructing while in orbit means that the SpiderFab can build larger instruments in space than would be possible on Earth, because of existing storage structure size and spacecraft launch requirements.

CEO of Tethers Unlimited, Rob Hoyt said: “This radically different approach to building space systems will enable us to create antennas and arrays that are tens-to-hundreds of times larger than are possible now, providing higher power, higher bandwidth, higher resolution, and higher sensitivity for a wide range of space missions.”

SpiderFab is still under development, but Hoyt said that once it’s finished, it will be used to build antennas and telescopes to assist scientists in the search for exoplanets and alien life.

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