Tethers Unlimited

Demonstrate in-space recycling and manufacturing to support long-duration manned space missions.

Created: 2018-11-07

Updated: 2020-02-20

Company - Tethers Unlimited

Founded
Country
1994
USA
Website
Tethers Unlimited
Tethers Unlimited

Service - Refabricator

Category
In-Space Manufacturing
Fields
Material Recycling
Status
Launched
First launch
2018

Payload called the Refabricator™ combines a plastic recycling system with a 3D printer to enable astronauts to recycle plastic waste into high-quality 3D printer filament, and then use that filament to fabricate new parts, medical implements, food utensils, and other items that the astronauts need to maintain their spacecraft and perform their missions.

Service - SpiderFab

Category
In-Space Manufacturing
Fields
Large Space Structures
Status
In development
First launch
?

Developing a suite of technologies called "SpiderFab" to enable on-orbit fabrication of large spacecraft components such as antennas, solar panels, trusses, and other multifunctional structures.

This includes Trusselator to create lengthy carbon composite structures and OrbWeaver to create satellite antenna.

Updated: 2020-02-20

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