3D Printing in micro gravity with Made In Space - Orbit 11.33


#1

If humanity is to have a permanent presence in the cosmos, we will need to learn how to create parts and structures in space itself. MadeInSpace is working on 3D printers that work in micro gravity and this week we have Justin Kugler, Business Development for Advanced Projects join us to talk about their vision of the future.

Launch Minute:

  • Vega | Aeolus
  • Long March 3B | BeiDou-3 M11 & M12

Space News:

  • Water Ice Found on Lunar Surface
  • SpaceX Updates - Crew access to Load and Go
  • Why Jupiter’s Stripes Are Only Skin-Deep

#2

I wonder how much water there is… on the Luna surface… is it cm or meters thick?

PS: looks like only a few millimeters is confirmed… until we get there… or send a different probe.


#3

Chinese didn’t find any water.
http://moon.bao.ac.cn/index_en.jsp

Apollo cored a 3 meter hole and didn’t find any

3D printing on the moon may want some for lunar concrete. Otherwise they are going to have to smelt of cinder dust.


#4

A lack of local carbon sources on the moon will make things difficult. Plastic is mostly carbon.


#5

Lack of nitrogen is also bad, as all life need nitrogen for proteins…