on-orbit satellite servicing

A glimpse of the future of robotics-driven on-orbit services

A series of technological developments over the past few years is bringing the decade-long dream of refueling, salvaging and repairing satellites in orbit to fruition. A February 2018 report from Northern Sky Research predicts on-orbit satellite servicing will become a $3 billion market in the next decade – but no satellite operators have yet used such services for life extension or salvage operations. 2018 has proved to be a pivotal year

Boeing-backed Digital Alloys develops zero-waste metal 3D printing tech

Metal 3D printing startup Digital Alloys is just months away from shipping its first parts to customers. The company, which was founded in 2017, has developed a high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing system that produces metal 3D printed parts for aerospace and other industries. The company has already garnered a dozen customer orders for parts printed using its proprietary technology, and last month, it closed a $12.9 million Series B investment

Additive manufacturing can produce satellites ‘twice as fast and at half the cost’

Lockheed Martin wants to cut its satellite costs and schedules by 50% using additive manufacturing. The company has been experimenting with 3D printing components for its satellite business to achieve that goal, and has met with some success. It recently revealed an important milestone: the company successfully printed a 1.6 meter satellite fuel tank dome, the largest structure to date that the company has built using additive manufacturing. “Our largest