Friday, January 24, 2014

Tethers Unlimited Demos Orbital Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Prototype

TUI Successfully Demonstrates Novel Tech for On-Orbit Manufacturing of Space Structures: Under a Phase I NASA SBIR, TUI has successfully demonstrated in the laboratory a novel “Trusselator” device that uses additive manufacturing techniques to enable on-orbit fabrication of high-performance carbon-fiber truss structures. The Trusselator technology is a key element of TUI’s “SpiderFab” architecture, which will enable on-orbit fabrication of huge antennas, high-power solar arrays, and other systems not possible with current technologies.

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