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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
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Sierra Space signs up its first customer for its commercial space station

Capitalism in space: Sierra Space, the newly created space division of Sierra Nevada, announced last week that it has signed an agreement with Redwire, formerly known as Made in Space, to establish manufacturing facilities on its LIFE private space station.

The press release is vague about details, being mostly a sales pitch for encouraging other in-space manufacturing companies to consider partnering with Sierra. This in turn suggests the agreement is nothing more that a statement by Redwire that should Sierra’s station launch, it will then be willing to launch its 3D printing technology to it.

Nonetheless, this agreement lends weight to Sierra’s station proposal, which while plausible still remains somewhat vague as there is no indication on when the company plans to launch it.

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2 comments

  • STARBIRD

    I always remembered that Space Stations were always ring shaped with central sphear and they rotated to create artificial gravity

  • Edward

    From the linked article:

    The memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) in the emerging In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) industry is among new commercial agreements for Sierra Space [new subsidiary of Sierra Nevada] across multiple industries – including space-enabled manufacturing, biopharma research, on-orbit satellite servicing assembly and manufacturing, and microgravity research.

    This is excellent news. Even though it is only a memorandum of understanding, it shows that there is growing interest in space manufacturing facilities. The coming decade should be very exciting.

    “The market demand for a ‘space-as-a-service’ business model, offering space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, is truly exciting.”

    Wait. Wasn’t that what I just said?

    “The companies and countries that master microgravity R&D and manufacturing will be the economic leaders of tomorrow,” said Mike Gold, who, last month, left his position at NASA as Associate Administrator for Policy and Partnerships to join Redwire …

    Sierra Space and Axiom seem serious about putting space habitats in orbit. If Bigelow comes back, they seem serious, too. I have not heard from Ixion in a while, but they had ideas for space habitats, as well. Getting someone from such a high position at NASA makes it look like Redwire is serious about space manufacturing. Have I mentioned that this coming decade should be very exciting?

    Robert wrote: “… Sierra’s station proposal, which while plausible still remains somewhat vague as there is no indication on when the company plans to launch it.

    Which means that it is not yet a plan. Redwire must have received some indication as to when Sierra’s station could or should be ready, so that Redwire can plan and finance their manufacturing facility.

    Depending upon how far along the design is, Sierra Space could use Redwire’s requirements as an important guide for that design.

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