Emerging space technologies: macro-scale on-orbit manufacturing

McRobb, M. , Robb, B., Ridley, S. and McInnes, C. (2019) Emerging space technologies: macro-scale on-orbit manufacturing. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 72(12), pp. 431-434.

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Advanced additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have the potential to change the way in which satellites and spacecraft are deployed in orbit by removing traditional launch constraints, whether faring volume or launch loads, and allowing space structures to become larger, lighter and more capable with integrated features. These same approaches may also be exploited for on-orbit servicing, thereby potentially extending the operable lifetime of space infrastructure and increasing cost effectiveness. This paper will provide an overview of the key issues associated with on-orbit manufacturing and discuss the use of AM technologies and investigate the next wave of emerging space technologies enabled by on-orbit manufacturing.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robb, Bonar and McRobb, Dr Malcolm and McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: McRobb, M., Robb, B., Ridley, S., and McInnes, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Publisher:British Interplanetary Society
Published Online:29 February 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 British Interplanetary Society
First Published:First published in Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 72(12): 431-434
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Publisher

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