Made In Space and Axiom Space announce an agreement to be users and providers of one another's capabilities to manufacture products in space. Made In Space is the only company to produce 3D printed products in Space and Axiom Space is the leading developer of the world's first privately-owned commercial space station. This collaboration signifies Made In Space's exciting transition from research phase, to manufacturing for commercial customers.
The companies have been working out the logistical elements of in-space manufacturing, outfitting the in-space factory with equipment, utilities, power, and thermal management to answer customers' growing demand. In parallel to the manufacturing element, the companies are working together to plan the delivery of completed products to Earth, ensuring their quality during flight and upon arrival.
In addition to launching the world's first commercial polymer and metal 3D printers to the International Space Station (ISS), Made In Space is currently developing a system to produce high-value optical fibers in space, planned to be used aboard Axiom's station. Made In Space's technology, operating aboard Axiom's modules, is the way of the future for manufacturers and researchers, and for servicing and expanding satellites and station capabilities.
"Made In Space carries a rich legacy in manufacturing. This partnership marks an important next step in humanity's reach into space," said Michael Suffredini, President and CEO of Axiom Space and former ISS Program Manager. "In-space manufacturing provides a unique class of products beneficial to the communications, materials and biomedical industries on Earth. Made In Space is an exemplary company to collaborate with to meet the demand for in-space manufacturing, and we are thrilled to build a partnership with the individuals who have proven their abilities in zero-g flights and on ISS."
"Axiom and Made In Space are adding to the space ecosystem, serving a growing market and enabling innovative approaches from processes learned on the International Space Station. This partnership allows us to continue to evolve and develop new products and allow our customers to invest in space manufacturing knowing that there will be an ongoing human presence on orbit," stated Andrew Rush, CEO of Made In Space. "They are the ideal partner for manufacturing new technologies in space and leveraging our new capabilities."