Out of this world: A Welsh startup is preparing to send what equates to a miniature factory to space where it'll take advantage of the unique environment to manufacture components that are impossible to make here on Earth.
We've made do with traditional manufacturing up to this point but as Space Forge co-founder Josh Western notes, Earth is a pretty bad place to create things. The planet's dense atmosphere, consistent temperatures and gravity can be detrimental to the manufacturing process, but those concerns don't exist in space.
"Say you're making an aluminum alloy," said Andrew Bacon, another of the company's co-founders. "On Earth if you're mixing the metals together they will separate into two layers with the heavy lead below and the aluminum at the top. But in microgravity you don't have that problem and you can actually mix them together properly ...
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