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Enablement of defense missions with in-space 3D printing
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Paper Abstract

Outer space has the potential to become the battlefield of the 21st century. If this occurs, the United States will need to invest heavily into research and development regarding space assets, construction approaches, and anti-satellite technologies in order to ensure the requisite level of offensive and deterrent capabilities exist. One challenge that the U.S. faces is the expense of inserting satellites into orbit. With an in-space 3D printer, engineers would not need to incur the design and construction costs for developing a satellite that can survive the launch into orbit. Instead, they could just create the best design for their application and the in-space 3D printer could print and deploy it in orbit. This paper considers the foregoing and other uses for a 3D printer in space that advance national security.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9838, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX, 98380U (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223446
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Parsons, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Thomas McGuire, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Hirsch, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Skye Leake, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Jeremy Straub, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9838:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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