In space manufacturing
Plasma jet prinKng technology is originally developed for space mission applicaKons at NASA. Space Foundry has successfully demonstrated plasma jet printing technology in microgravity using parabolic flight (G-FORCE ONE, a specially modified Boeing 727-200) operated by Zero Gravity Corporation. We printed silver lines, pads, interdigitated electrodes and a wifi-antenna in microgravity. Commercializing low earth orbit is one of the long term goals and we will be an indispensable supply chain to enable metallization and materials processing in space and lunar manufacturing.
Interdigitated Electrodes and antenna printed in microgravity
The flight hardware development and flight demo were supported by SBIR Phase II-E and III awards, funded jointly by NASA SBIR and the NASA Flight Opportunities Program. The development of plasma jet printing for space applications is part of NASA’s On Demand Manufacturing of Electronics (ODME) project, part of the Game Changing Development Program.