space exploration

India’s Agnikul Successfully Launches Maiden Rocket with 3D Printed Engines

Chennai, India-based space startup Agnikul successfully launched its first flight on May 29, 2024. Mission 01 sent the Agnibaan SubOrbital Technological Demonstrator (SOrTeD) on a suborbital flight from India’s first…

Europe’s New Rocket Set to Launch Polymer 3D Printing Technology into Space

Europe’s space capabilities are set to take a significant leap forward with the upcoming launch of the Ariane 6 rocket. Scheduled for its debut flight in July 2024, this new…

UW-Madison Engineers 3D Print RAM Devices in Zero Gravity with NASA Funding

Engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) 3D printed RAM (Random Access Memory) device units in zero gravity to show that electronic components can be produced in space. This capability…

Daring AM: Rocket Lab Shoots for the Stars, Astrobotic Wants to 3D Print on the Moon

Once again, space exploration teams up with the 3D printing industry, launching projects that could change how we explore space. Pioneering space manufacturer Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) secured a $14.49…

Boeing Boosts Future Innovators with New Space Lab Grant

In a stride toward the future of space exploration and additive manufacturing (AM), Boeing (NYSE: BA) has partnered with the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs to launch an…

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First Metal 3D Printer in Space Heads to ISS

French OEM AddUp, in collaboration with Airbus, has delivered the first metal 3D printer for space to the European Space Agency (ESA). This printer was launched on NASA’s Mission NG-20,…

2023’s Top 5 Space 3D Printing Stories

In 2024, space exploration will reach new heights with a significant focus on lunar missions. The year will see the highly anticipated Artemis II mission, a milestone in NASA’s Artemis…

NASA and LSU to Mooncast Future with Sulfur and Regolith 3D Printing

With the return to the Moon on the horizon, Louisiana State University (LSU) and NASA are joining forces in a new project that aims to use lunar materials for robotic…

NASA’s Expedition 69 Crew Discusses 3D Printed Meniscus in Space

At the Dubai Future Forum 2023, the crew of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission, Expedition 69, shed light on various facets of their 186-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS)….

Indian Space Agency Powers up with AddUp’s Magic 800 DED Metal 3D Printer

In a move to amplify its aerospace and additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has acquired a Magic 800 Directed Energy Deposition (DED) machine from French…

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To the Edge of Space and Back: Virgin Galactic’s Historic First Flight

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE), founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2004, achieved a monumental milestone on June 29, 2023, with the launch of its long-awaited first commercial…

Finite Space & nano3Dprint Forge New Frontier in Space Manufacturing

California-based electronics printing company nano3Dprint announced a partnership with Finite Space, an ambitious German startup with a vision to utilize on-site resources for the production of vehicles, construction machinery, and…

Asteroid Hopping Robot Reinforced with 3D Printed Carbon Fiber

A novel robot designed for low gravity could be the key to future asteroid exploration. Dubbed SpaceHopper, this three-legged “hopping” robot is described as a revolutionary mobility platform that will…

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‘Leaked’ Elon Musk Email Raises Specter of Raptor Production Issues, SpaceX Bankruptcy

Is SpaceX going to Mars? Will the Raptor engines help launch the Starship super-heavy rocket any time soon? Will SpaceX go bankrupt? These and many more questions have been raised…

Fitted With 3D Printed Parts, Lucy Spacecraft Is Off to Explore the Trojan Asteroids

The first mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids is finally underway after NASA’s solar-powered spacecraft Lucy launched on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on…

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NASA Funds 36 Space 3D Printing Projects—Here Are the 15 Most Exciting

NASA’s latest funding of space technology projects includes plenty of 3D printing innovation proposals. Out of a total of 289 US small businesses and 47 research institutions to receive initial…

ARTEMIS I Mission: NASA’s Orion Capsule Ready to Fly to the Moon

With NASA gearing up for its upcoming mission to the Moon, 2021 will be a big year for space news. Ramping up its ambitious plans to return humans to the…

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Rocket Engine Parts

NASA‘s renewed efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 has led to advances in new space technologies to improve processes, and reduce costs and development time. In early…

NASA Announces Collaborations to Advance 3D Printing Technologies for Space Exploration

In only four years, NASA astronauts are expected to land on the Moon as part of the space agency’s ambitious Artemis program that will use innovative technologies to explore more…

NASA’s Lunar Lander: Tuskegee Will Test AM Parts for the Dynetics Team

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is calling it “the start of the Artemis generation of astronauts.” The Artemis program plans to take the first woman and next man…

Cosmonauts Will Bioprint Bone Tissue for Mice in Space

Moscow-based bioprinting company 3D Bioprinting Solutions has engaged in a series of unique experiments in orbit thanks to a space bioprinter of their own design, the Organ.Aut. It was the…

3D Printed Hydroponics Part of Large-Scale Space Travel Simulation

There’s been a lot of talk lately about traveling to the moon, Mars or both. 3D printing has a lot to do with every stage of the planned journey into…

CAN-RGX: Two of Four Finalists in Canadian Space Challenge Studying 3D Printing

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a national nonprofit organization that was founded in the 1980s by Peter Diamandis, Bob Richards, and Todd Hawley. It began…

Poland: New Swiatowida Satellite from SatRevolution SA Features 3D Printed Housing

Even upon considering all the applications we use 3D printing for today, it’s amazing to me the number of impacts it is making in aerospace—and not always NASA. Numerous other…