SAN FRANCISCO – NASA awarded a $ 73.7 million contract to Made In Space to manufacture ten-meter beams onboard Archinaut One, a small satellite scheduled to start in 2022.
"When manufacturing progresses, Each ray will fold two solar arrays that generate as much as five times more power than traditional solar panels on similar sized spacecraft, NASA says in a July 12 press release.
Archinaut One is scheduled to start from New Zealand in 2022 in one Rocket Lab Electron Rocket
"Robot production and space deployment are undoubtedly game changers and basic opportunities for future space exploration," said Jim Reuter, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate's Associate Director, in a statement. the evolution of this transformative technology, the United States will retain its leadership in space exploration as we advance with astron the autene to the moon and on to Mars. "
The contract announced July 1
Made In Space Archinaut partners include Northrop Grumman, NASA Ames and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Technology like Archinaut has important applications for future space missions, as it can lead to a rebuilding of large communication antennas, space telescopes, energy systems and reflectors according to NASA's news message. 19659002] Through the Tipping Point program, NASA distributes funding to companies working with both NASA and commercial space applications. Companies contribute at least 25 percent of the cost of these public-private partnerships.