2 May 2018 Facility for orbital material processing
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The sustainable orbital manufacturing with commercially viable and profitable operation has tremendous potential for driving the space exploration industry and human expansion into outer space. This highly challenging task has never been accomplished before. The current relatively high delivery cost of materials represents the business challenge of value proposition for making products in space. FOMS Inc. team identified an opportunity of fluoride optical fiber manufacturing in space that can lead to the first commercial production on orbit. To address continued cost effective International Space Station (ISS) operations FOMS Inc. has developed and demonstrated for the first time a fully operational space facility for orbital remote manufacturing with up to 50 km fiber fabrication capability and strong commercial potential for manufacturing operations on board the ISS.
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D. Starodubov, K. McCormick, M. Dellosa, E. Erdelyi, L. Volfson, "Facility for orbital material processing", Proc. SPIE 10641, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI, 106410T (2 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2305830; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2305830
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