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NASA's In Space Manufacturing Initiatives: Conquering the Challenges of In-Space ManufacturingCurrent maintenance logistics strategy will not be effective for deep space exploration missions. ISM (In Space Manufacturing) offers the potential to: Significantly reduce maintenance logistics mass requirements; Enable the use of recycled materials and in-situ resources for more dramatic reductions in mass requirements; Enable flexibility, giving systems a broad capability to adapt to unanticipated circumstances; Mitigate risks that are not covered by current approaches to maintainability. Multiple projects are underway currently to develop and validate these capabilities for infusion into ISM exploration systems. ISS is a critical testbed for demonstrating ISM technologies, proving out these capabilities, and performing operational validation of deep space ISM applications. Developing and testing FabLab is a major milestone for springboard to DSG/Cis-lunar Space applications. ISM is a necessary paradigm shift in space operations – design for repair culture must be embraced. ISM team needs to be working with exploration system designers now to identify high-value application areas and influence design.
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Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Clinton, R. G., Jr.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
November 14, 2017
Publication Date
November 8, 2017
Subject Category
Space Processing
Astronautics (General)
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Meeting Information
Meeting: Design in Plastics 2017
Location: Detroit, MI
Country: United States
Start Date: November 6, 2017
End Date: November 8, 2017
Sponsors: Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc.
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