US Defense Ministry interested the idea of building an orbital plant


The management of prospective research projects of the US Department of Defense (DARPA) announced the launch of a program to develop new technologies for the adaptive production of large-scale structures in space.

As part of the NOM4D initiative, the organization will study the projects of systems that will effectively create high-tech structures on the earth’s orbit and the surface of the moon. According to Darpa, the current method of building major dynamic objects is very complex, dear and has a number of restrictions.

For example, an ISS mass of 420 tons were collected from individual modules, each of which was delivered on a separate disposable rocket. In this case, all elements must correspond to the dimensions and mass of the apparatus, on which are derived from the atmosphere, to withstand overload and vibration during transportation, and it is also sufficiently strong to function normally, both on the surface of the planet during tests and in open space.

The US Defense Ministry believes that the further development of space technologies and the increase in the number of missions requires revision of not only the production process, but also the design of the designs themselves. Therefore, by 2030, Darpa plans to develop the concepts of new logistics and industrial processes, design the necessary equipment and infrastructure facilities to create complex structures from materials and components outside the Earth, as well as refueling shuttles.

Since the designs created in this way will be operated in space or lunar surface, they may not be durable, have a smaller mass and contain elements that would collapse on earthly conditions. Due to this, their mass efficiency should increase.

First, Darpa will study new materials, design and manufacturing processes. Next, the Office will conduct three-stage tests of concepts, during which they will evaluate the accuracy, compliance with the structures of the technical requirements and the ability to control operations.

Not only the United States, but also Europe also expands its cosmic ambitions. At the end of last year, Eka reported that in 2023 it would launch a robotic

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