Space manufacturing, the production of manufactured goods in an environment outside a planetary atmosphere, has always been understood to have potential advantages over Earth-based industry because of its unique micro-gravity and vacuum environments, which allow for industrial processes that cannot be readily reproduced on Earth.
But now, new techniques developed using computer-aided design methodologies, solid free form fabrication (or 3D printing), selective laser sintering and other fast developing technologies promise not just to revolutionize Earth based manufacturing, but space exploration as well.
What can space companies learn from domestic manufacturers today? What are the timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities for profit in this area and what can the manufacturing industry learn from space entrepreneurs?
Find out on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) National Conference, focused on the business and political issues surrounding “New Manufacturing for NewSpace.”
The popular 80s science fiction series Star Trek referred to space as the final frontier. A bunch of breadbox- and dorm refrigerator-sized space imaging satellites are populating that frontier since last year. Unlike the Starship Enterprise, whose gaze was firmly fixed on the outer reaches of our galaxy, these small [...]
BOTHELL, Wash. -– NASA announced today that it has selected Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) for award of a $750,000 contract to continue development of its “Trusselator” technology. The Trusselator is a device for in-space additive manufacture of high-performance truss structures for systems such as large solar arrays and antennas...
A record release of 33 CubeSats from the International Space Station ended Friday after a methodical series of deployments of miniature Earth imaging satellites for San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc.
Growing plants in outer space demands optimal conditions to make the use of limited growing room, but leaves plants low in the essential nutrients that prot... ... Volksgarden is a hi-tech hydroponics ferris wheel.
PARIS — Arabsat of Saudi Arabia and Telesat of Canada, in a broadening of their strategic partnership, on March 6 said they would share the use of a new satellite for Arabsat-owned Hellas-Sat of Greece and bundle its order with three Arabsat satellites.
The request for formal bids for the four-satellite package will be issued within weeks, the two companies said...
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 04, 2014 Airbus Defence and Space has built the Electromagnetic Levitator (EML) facility which was developed under parallel contracts of the European Space Agency ESA and the DLR Space Administration.
Spacevidcast is a weekly show all about space and the comsos. Covering major events from NASA, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, SpaceX and more.
This week we chat with Rick Boozer, author of "The Plundering of NASA: an Exposé" about his latest article on Space.com. Our question: can the Space Launch System survive in a marketplace where private space can do it cheaper, faster and better? His original op-ed is here: http://www.space.com/24628-will-space...
In space news: SpaceX show a little leg on their next mission, It's future day, H-IIB lofts a weather satellite, Orbital is creating a new Minotaur-C rocket for the commercial market and Yuris night!
The idea is that astronauts could wear these computer shirts in space, and the garment would actually broadcast details about the astronaut's health back to mission control. The Canadian Space Agency calls it "Astroskin.".
This month, hundreds of high school students are coming together to participate in the annual FIRST Robotics Waterloo Regional Competition, which will be held from March 21st - 23rd at the University of Waterloo.
Over 30 competition teams will design and build robots to compete for their schools and for a chance at a berth at the FRC World Championship, which will be held from April 23rd - 26th in St. Louis, MO...
The private spaceflight company will be ready to compete for Air Force contracts using its new Falcon rocket soon, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX said today (March 5) during a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing.
San Francisco (AFP) March 05, 2014 Facebook is in talks to buy a solar-powered drone startup in what could lead to making wireless Internet available in regions without online access, according to technology news website TechCrunch.
Investors continue to gravitate toward MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., betting on the space technology firm’s push into new geographic frontiers.
Shares of the company behind the Canadarm robotic arm are trading near all-time highs and most analysts believe they’ll continue to gain altitude as MDA vows to aggressively pursue growth through mergers and acquisitions in the next few years...
(Reuters) - Loral Space & Communications Inc (LORL.O) has hired boutique investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners to advise its independent directors as it explores a potential sale of the company, people close to the matter said on Monday.
Reuters reported in January that Loral, which holds a majority stake in Canadian satellite communication services company Telesat Holdings Inc, is working with Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.VX) to find a buyer...
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Mar 03, 2014 Russia and India have agreed to hold consultations on space cooperation and joint projects in this field, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday, February 26.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has created a new website to make software, publications, and experimental data from its various projects available to the public.
DARPA, an agency of the US Department of Defense responsible for the development of new military technologies (notable examples include the internet and the global positioning system), has over decades amassed a large quantity of research in fields as diverse as robotics, programming languages, advanced communication systems and even mind reading. Much of this data is open source, but hasn't always been readily accessible.