NASA has cleared a 3D printer for launch to the International Space Station in August. The decision follows trials at Marshall Space Flight Center in the state of Alabama. The printer was developed by California start-up Made in Space.
“NASA was able to provide key guidance on how to best comply with strenuous space certification, safety and operational requirements, and Made in Space excelled at incorporating that insight into the design,” NASA 3D project manager Niki Werkheiser said in a Thursday statement.
“Made in Space now has first-hand experience of the full A-Z process for designing, building and testing hardware for spaceflight,” he added.