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in-space manufacturing: pioneering a sustainable path to marsISM is responsible for developing the on-demand manufacturing capabilities that will be required for affordable, sustainable operations during Exploration Missions (in-transit and on-surface) to destinations such as Mars. This includes advancing the needed technologies, as well as establishing the skills & processes (such as certification and characterization) that will enable the technologies to go from novel to institutionalized. These technologies are evolving rapidly due to terrestrial markets. ISM is leveraging this commercial development to develop these capabilities within a realistic timeframe and budget. ISM utilizes the International Space Station (ISS) as a test-bed to adapt these technologies for microgravity operations and evolve the current operations mindset from earth-reliant to earth-independent.
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Werkheiser, Niki
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
December 7, 2015
Publication Date
November 10, 2015
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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