The first 3D pritner built for zero gravity has been installed on the International Space Station.
The Zero-G was designed by US startup Made In Space and will be used to manufacture spare parts. If anything is damaged or breaks, Made in Space can design a new part and send the blueprint to the ISS so the astronauts can print it in space.
“Placing additive manufacturing in space will lead to similar capabilities on every future space station, deep space exploration vehicle, and space colony,” explained Made In Space’s CEO Aaron Kemmer. “Rapid construction of important materials is a critical need if humans are going to establish a greater footprint in our universe.”
While the Zero-G is helping to astronauts discover the mysteries of the universe out in space, SanDisk is helping accelerate high-energy physicals research at the Large Hadron collider to help uncover the origin of the universe.
The firm is working with the University of Michigan and University of Victoria to fuel their multi-site supercomputer project.
“SanDisk is thrilled to be working with the teams at the University of Michigan and University of Victoria to help fuel their success by providing fast, cost-effective and highly scalable flash solutions to increase data access,” said Sumit Sadana, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, SanDisk. “By utilizing flash technology, the researchers can cost effectively transfer massive amounts of data over long distances, ultimately enabling them to reach new discoveries faster.”