SpiderFab: Enabling Self-Fabricating Spacecraft Using Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing LIVE! USA 2013)

Mr Robert Hoyt, CEO & Chief Scientist
Tethers Unlimited
United States
Nov 21, 2013.


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Presentation Summary

Dr. Hoyt will discuss his work under contracts with NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program and DARPA's Tactical Technology Office to adapt additive manufacturing techniques and robotic assembly technologies to enable spacecraft to fabricate and integrate components such as antennas and solar arrays on-orbit. On-orbit fabrication will enable dramatic improvements in power, bandwidth, resolution, and sensitivity for a wide range of NASA, defense, and commercial space missions.

Speaker Biography (Robert Hoyt)

Dr. Rob Hoyt is a relentlessly inventive Technologist/CEO with expertise in advanced space propulsion, space structures, additive manufacturing, plasma physics, laser physics, textile technologies, algorithm development, and commercial applications of space technologies. He co-founded Tethers Unlimited, Inc, and has built it into a multi-$M space and defense R&D firm. He also co-founded ScienceOps, Inc., an algorithm development firm purchased by Acquisio in 2012. Over the past twenty years he has pioneered the development of systems for affordable mitigation of orbital debris and radiation belts, additive manufacturing techniques for fabricating multifunctional spacecraft structures, and technologies to provide propellantless propulsion for spacecraft.

Company Profile (Tethers Unlimited)

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Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) develops advanced technologies to enable transformational capability enhancements and dramatic cost savings for missions in Space, Sea, Earth, and Air. Originally founded in 1994 to pursue propellantless propulsion applications of space tethers, TUI has since expanded its product portfolio to include high performance components for nanosatellites, a family of frequency-agile software defined radios for satellite communications, and technologies for additive manufacturing of multifunctional spacecraft structures.
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