NASA has plans to send a 3D printer into space, the printer will be used by astronauts to make spare parts, the 3D printer will be made by a technology start up called Made In Space.
“Imagine an astronaut needing to make a life-or-death repair on the International Space Station,” said Aaron Kemmer, the company’s chief executive.
“Rather than hoping that the necessary parts and tools are on the station already, what if the parts could be 3D printed when they needed them?”
NASA is also testing out 3D printing of small satellites that will be launched from the International Space Station and then used to transmit data back to Earth.
Image Credit: Nasa