Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > In-space autonomous robotic manufacturing can rapidly develop space economy for creating an interplanetary civilization the challenges of effectively spreading off-world and colonizing the cosmos are overcome by making it easier to manufacture and assemble large systems and structures in space. Visionary physicist, engineer, and CEO Rob Hoyt co-founded Tethers Unlimited Inc. in 1994, and built it into a space and defense research and development firm. He is now building a spin-off, Firmamentum, to commercialize in-space manufacturing. Rob has won more grants from NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program than any other researcher. In October 2016, Firmamentum signed a contract with Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, to prepare a flight demonstration of in-space manufacture of a component on a communications satellite. Firmamentum’s in-space manufacturing hardware is intended to fly as part of SSL’s “Dragonfly” program, which will demonstrate in-space robotic assembly of geostationary (GEO) communications satellites, enabling dramatic improvements in GEO satellite performance and mission flexibility. The Dragonfly program is funded under NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD) Tipping Point initiative to work with industry to advance the goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system through the development of critical space technologies. The tens of thousands of satellites and the explosion in robotic capability could provide the economic momentum to rapidly transform the Earth moon system and near earth asteroids into a rapidly developing economy. Article: http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/03/massive-commercial-space-push-and.html New program aims to enable detection of extremely minute magnetic fields without shieldingMarch 22, 2017Single-atom magnets store bits of dataMarch 22, 2017New Feedback System Could Allow Greater Control Over Fusion PlasmaMarch 21, 2017Superfluid helium behaves like black holesMarch 16, 2017Star in Closest Orbit with Black HoleMarch 15, 2017 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.