EIS Collaborates with Made in Space to Construct 3D Printed Satellite

By CIOReview | Monday, December 28, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Enterprise in Space (EIS), an international project of the non-profit National Space Society, has teamed up with Made in Space, an organization specializing in the engineering and manufacturing of 3D printers of zero gravity, to implement 3D printed components in a spacecraft to be launched into the orbit. The “NSS Enterprise” is a unique unmanned spacecraft, will be the first 3D printed airframe in space which can carry over 100 passive and active student experiments, into space and back to Earth.

Made In Space and the EIS engineering team, along with the EIS aerospace partners SpaceWorks Enterprise Inc., Deep Space Industries, Terminal Velocity Aerospace and The Global Aerospace Corporation will work towards constructing the eight-foot long, 1000-pound weighted satellite. In this regard, Made In Space co-founder and chief engineer Michael Snyder has joined the EIS Board of Advisors, to lend his expertise to the engineering of the NSS Enterprise and overseeing the educational Enterprise Center for Excellence on Aerospace Additive Manufacturing based on the project.

The satellite will communicate using an artificial intelligence language called ‘Ali.’ Ali will communicate with the participating students via a natural language interface, giving periodical reports regarding the mission and on-board experiments.

“The EIS team is thrilled to be partnering with Made In Space,” said Shawn Case, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Enterprise In Space. “It's a great fit, as we all work together to support and foster education. We share the same goal of enabling humanity’s future in space.” As Carl Sagan once said, ”Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

EIS expects to launch the 3D printed satellite by 2020. Funding about $27.5Mn in this project, EIS wide its arms for the public donations as well for the construction and launch of the orbiter. The company says that the contributors will become the virtual crew members whose names will be sent into space on a chip.