Made in Space was first tested aboard a cargo plane using parabolic flights to achieve zero gravity (Photo: Made in Space)
Made in Space CTO Jason Dunn displays a 3D Printing Test Experiment (Photo: Made in Space)
the 3D Print being constructed (Photo: Made in Space)
Made in Space CTO Jason Dunn (left) and Principal Investigator Mike Snyder with the 3D Print (Photo: Made in Space)
The 3D Print (Image: Made in Space)
Imagine the first manned mission to Mars is three months out from Earth when a one-of-a-kind vital component fails. Today, such an accident would mean a choice between desperate invention and death, but it may not be too long before astronauts will just download a file and print out any part as needed. Turning such a potential drama into a simple task is the goal of NASA and Made in Space Inc., whose plan is to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) next year as part of demonstration to show the potential of the technology.
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