Made in Space has freshly unveiled a product to help customers perform missions on small satellites. One possible application of this new product, the interferometer-Optimast Structurally Connected (Optimast-SCI) includes the knowledge of the spatial situation and the detection of near-Earth objects, said Andrew Rush, President and CEO of Made In Space,
Traditional missions of space interferometry offer large implantable structures to separate their telescopes or other instruments. The hinges and mechanical systems in the implantable structures make it possible to fold them into the launcher’s covers and put them into orbit.
“Depending on the ambition of the project, we could design and prepare for the flight in two or three years,” Rush said.
Made In Space proposes to equip satellites with 150 to 300 kilos of in-orbit technology from a 20-meter optical arrow interferometer and a modular internal optical bench developed by the company with the Lowell Observatory.
Optimast-SCI’s main production function is Made In Space’s Expanded Structural Additive Manufacturing (ESAMM) machine, presented by the company in the thermal vacuum chamber of NASA’s Ames Research Center. ESAMM extruders from Made in Space come from extruders installed in the additive plant and operating at the international space station for the production of computer equipment for the US National Laboratory and NASA.
Made in Space After years of developing and demonstrating various technologies for production and assembly in orbit, initiated working with customers and partners on mission-specific applications such as interferometry, Rush said. “It’s something that people can and should think in the short term,” he added.
Moreover, MIS (Made In Space) has successfully executed manufacturing of Archinaut’s additive and robotic assembly potential in a simulated space environment. Through the contract of NASA Tipping Point, the TVAC testing was performed on the Archinaut system.