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Bringing 3D-printing to the moon – Melting moon dust with the laser

Bringing 3D-printing to the moon - Melting moon dust with the laser

Written by David

May 28, 2019

( Nanowerk News ) The moon – Earth satellite, first waypost on the way to other planets, enormously important for space research: With the ambitious MOONRISE project, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the Institute of Space Systems (IRAS) of the Technical University of Braunschweig are aiming at melting moon dust with a laser in order to make it usable as building material. International space agencies and companies are not only planning to further explore, but to colonize space. The moon is of great importance as a research station and starting point for further expeditions. However, the cost of flights and transports to the moon are enormous – a kilogram of loading capacity costs approximately 700,000 Euros. Therefore, infrastructure, components and devices, etc., would at best be manufactured directly on the Earth’s satellite. This is where the MOONRISE technology comes in: “We want to bring a laser system […]

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