May 13, 2014
US space agency NASA is funding a project that will investigate the possibility of recycling and remanufacturing in space.
The company has selected Californian company Made In Space to receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Phase 1 award for two projects each worth $125,000.
Made in Space will develop its R3DO scheme as one of these projects, which it describes as a plastic recycling system for creating 3D printer feedstock in-orbit.
The idea is that used parts made of ABS plastic will be recycled and remanufactured using 3D printers on board vessels such as the International Space Station (ISS) or potentially on future deep space missions.