12 May 2016 Enabling homeland security missions with in-space 3D printing
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This paper considers the utility of space-based 3D printing for homeland security applications, with needs ranging from the collection of data to facilitate the detection of occurrences ranging from prospective acts of terrorism, to invasion, to natural disasters. This paper presents and evaluates multiple prospective homeland security applications for an in-space 3D printing technology. The technology’s efficacy for the fabrication, refurbishment and repair of orbital craft on-demand as well as its utility as part of a mothership for a sensor net constellation are considered.
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Thomas McGuire, Thomas McGuire, Michael Hirsch, Michael Hirsch, Michael Parsons, Michael Parsons, Skye Leake, Skye Leake, Jeremy Straub, Jeremy Straub, } "Enabling homeland security missions with in-space 3D printing", Proc. SPIE 9825, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement Applications XV, 98250C (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223506; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223506
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