The 33rd annual Small Satellite Conference took place August 3-9 at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The gathering provided a forum for the small satellite community to review recent successes, explore new directions, and introduce emerging technologies in small spacecraft development.
The 2019 theme, “Driving A Revolution” highlighted the potential for the small satellite industry to deliver new opportunities in the space economy. The conference brought together many key players from within the smallsat community from launch providers to spacecraft manufacturers to showcase new capabilities and introduce innovative concepts.
During the conference, the Made In Space team hosted a workshop to discuss the current state-of-the-art for in-space manufacturing and robotics assembly, brainstorm potential small satellite missions and applications, and explore opportunities to collaborate.
The workshop was our first public forum to discuss our Archinaut One mission, a flight demonstration mission funded through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) that will demonstrate the company’s autonomous robotic manufacturing and assembly platform. The objective of Archinaut One is to construct two ten meter solar arrays, on-orbit, to power an ESPA-class satellite. Once on orbit, Archinaut One will employ its extended structure additive manufacturing capabilities and advanced robotics to manufacture and assemble the satellite’s power system. The Archinaut-created solar arrays will yield nearly 5x the power currently available to ESPA-class satellites.
Made In Space technology, like Archinaut, aims to deliver unprecedented capabilities that will open doors to new markets and business models–an essential step for industrializing low Earth orbit.
Watch the video below to recap our SmallSat 2019 Workshop: