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Posted on June 3rd, 2016, 5:34

Space electronics has led to the development of advanced manufacturing technologies spanning across robotics, to remote operations and specialized materials. Innovative practices and technologies grasped from space learning have influenced several areas including creation, testing and manufacturing of new material creation. These technologies have the potential to reduce manufacturing fabrication cycles, resolve upholding issues and enhance supply chain competence.


The National Laboratory aboard the ISS (International Space Station) serves as an experiment base for processes and equipment that are affected by harsh environments and zero gravity. It is impossible to recreate such condition on Earth but getting aboard the space station can advance businesses to new heights.


Sectors that could benefit from space electronics


  •   3D Manufacturing: The process is applied to resolve difficult issues in space and can be utilized to manufacture big and small products on Earth. This can aid in preservation in remote surroundings and restore existing procedures to enhance effectiveness and trim down expenses for unique complex products.


  • In-Space Manufacturing: In- space manufacturing that allows manufacturing products in a microgravity environment holds adequate and lucrative market on Earth as well. Processes can be developed to manufacture huge quantities of silicon carbide wafers in the space environment. This could well initiate the concept of in-space manufacturing.


  •  Robotics: A robot can be designed to perform actions outside the ISS which can help in avoiding the risks due to human errors. The humanoid robot can be made to carry out functions with screwdrivers and wrenches and utilized for fine machining applications. Robotics holds a significant potential in advanced space missions too.
  •   Complex woven Materials: Complex thermal security system was woven to wad and guard Orion spacecraft. These advanced composite woven materials used in space technology can protect people on Earth and provide solutions for protection from harsh environments.


  •   Autonomous Systems: The AS (Autonomous Systems) project of NASA computerizes spacecraft operations and propellant loading systems. The advanced stages of these systems have the capability to take in basics of artificial intelligence and increase the amount of operations it can perform.


It is possible to combine space knowledge and advanced manufacturing technologies to deal with crises and define practicable solutions. Manufacturers can apply innovation to enhance working efficiencies by testing and designing new equipment in low gravity. This will push open the gates to development of high-strength low-weight materials that are profitable as well as practical for use on Earth.


By Josephmax, in: General