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Questions tagged [manufacture]

Related to the fabrication of products in space, or the techniques and logistics of production of rockets in series.

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Is OSIRIS-REx's high gain antenna nearly the same as TESS'? If so, why?

These two high gain antennas look very similar superficially, but are not identical. Is this a case of convergent design (a fancy kind of coincidence) or have they evolved from the same source, or ...
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Mass manufacturing of satellites

Airbus has announced a mass-manufacturing unit for OneWeb constellation of satellites. See for example Space News' With a new satellite factory in the U.S., Airbus eyes opportunities in military space ...
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Comparing gravity wells: Earth from the Moon vs Surface of Mars

Hypothetically if a manufacturer was considering building a factory on the Moon or on Mars, which location has the smaller gravity well to escape? Assuming final destination of the goods produced is ...
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Which 3D printing technology will Archinaut vessel use?

The 3D printing company Made in Space works on a device to introduce 3D printing in space referenced as Archinaut. Is it known which technology/material will be used?
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3D metal printer in microgravity possible?

After reading on regarding in situ manufacturing in space, I've found out there is already a 3D printer for plastic on ISS, and the company behind it works on a space craft to manufacture larger (...
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Satellite manufacture and cleanliness

This picture caused a lot of laughter and mocking, when it happened. I've since noticed this sign in many pictures of flight hardware. It has been my understanding, that satellites are built in ...
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Was CNC milling used in the 1960's for making the Apollo/Saturn rocket engines?

As far as I know, CNC machining was being used in the aerospace industry in the 1960s. Were such machines use for the F1 engines?
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Why is the cubesat structure so expensive?

The 1U cubesat structure is a 10*10*10 cm metal cube with frames. But it costs around 2000-3000€, which is really expensive. I've found it for example on these sites: https://www.isispace.nl/product/...
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What makes a payload fairing so expensive?

According to this question, a payload fairing costs 'several million' dollars. From the outside, the fairing seems like a simple structure: aluminium honeycomb sandwiched between 2 sheets of carbon ...
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Technical reasons for Delta 4 medium phase out

This news item quotes Elon Musk as saying it would make sense for the government to rely on ULA's Delta 4 and the SpaceX Falcon 9, phasing out the venerable Atlas 5. "You don't need both of ...
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How much of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon capsule are 3D printed?

I know some of the components at SpaceX are manufactured using metal additive manufacturing (3D printing), but how much of the entire Falcon 9 launch vehicle or Dragon capsule is made up of printed ...
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What was being manufactured on Salyut and Mir?

Last weekend I attended a prelection at Polish Aviation Museum, on modern trends in aviation. The lecturer talked quite a bit of history too, and Soviet achievements were in as much focus as the ...
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What engineering processes (satellite/space vehicle related) require an atmosphere

So we all know that there are lots of engineering processes that are made 100 times better by negligible gravity, and that certain engineering process need to be performed in a vacuum (electron beam ...
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Manufacturing solar cells on the Moon

How practical is it to manufacture solar cells on the Moon? I understand there is a lot of silica there, and in theory if we could robotically make and deploy solar cells on the Moon, then we would (...