Have you ever imagined using printers or taking print outs at zero gravity? Well, the scientists at NASA seems to be ready with a similar program.
The US space agency is all set to blast off its ambitious device, the first 3D printer, into the space in September.
As the launching date is coming closer, the astronauts and research team at the American space agency are becoming more confident about the successful test of its innovative creation on the orbiting lab, the International Space Station (ISS).
The launch of the 3D printing device towards the orbiting lab ISS is scheduled on September 19 . The device will kick off into the space towards the ISS aboard SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo capsule.
“The on-demand capability can revolutionize the constrained supply chain model we are limited to today and will be critical for exploration missions,” Niki Werkheiser, manager of NASA’s “3-D Printing in Zero-G” project at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said in a statement.
According to the space agency officials, the new innovation would become the foundation of broader in-space manufacturing capabilities of the future.
“The end result could be far less dependent on resupply from the Earth that may lead to better, cheaper and more efficient space missions including the most ideal celestial destination of scientists i.e. Mars,” the NASA officials said.
The space mission of 3D Printing at zero gravitation is a collaborative effort between the US space agency NASA and the California-based startup Made in Space.
The microwave-sized 3D printer has been manufactured by the developers at the Made in Space. The creative innovation got clearance for flight in April this year. The device got a green signal for the space mission following extensive tests at Marshall.