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In Situ Fabrication and Repair (ISFR) Technologies; New Challenges for ExplorationNASA's human exploration initiative poses great opportunity and great risk for manned missions to the Moon and Mars. Engineers and Scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) are continuing to evaluate current technologies for in situ resource-based exploration fabrication and repair applications. Several technologies to be addressed in this paper have technology readiness levels (TRLs) that are currently mature enough to pursue for exploration purposes. However, while many technologies offer promising applications, these technologies must be pulled along by the demands and applications of this great initiative. The In Situ Fabrication and Repair (ISFR) Element will supply and push state of the art technologies for applications such as habitat structure development, in situ resource utilization for tool and part fabrication, and repair and non-destructive evaluation W E ) of common life support elements. As an overview of the ISFR Element, this paper will address rapid prototyping technologies, their applications, challenges, and near term advancements. This paper will also discuss the anticipated need to utilize in situ resources to produce replacement parts and fabricate repairs to vehicles, habitats, life support and quality of life elements. Overcoming the challenges of ISFR development will provide the Exploration initiative with state of the art technologies that reduce risk, and enhance supportability.
Document ID
20060007775
Document Type
Other
Authors
Bassler, Julie A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Bodiford, Melanie P. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Hammond, Monica S. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
King, Ron (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Mclemore, Carole A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Hall, Nancy R. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Fiske, Michael R. (Jacobs Sverdrup Technology, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Ray, Julie A. (Teledyne Brown Engineering Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit(Reno, NV)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS8-02060
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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