It Isn’t Rocket Science…Oh Wait, It Is.

18 August 2016

Following on from visits to NASA Ames Research Center and Airbus A3, the delegation returned to Silicon Valley, first to visit Made In Space, a “new space” startup which uses 3D printed/additive manufacturing technology for use in the space environment.

The company’s experience and expertise with regard to 3D printing in zero-gravity has led to the first 3D printers designed for use on the International Space Station. Business Development Engineer, Brad Kohlenberg, spoke about the startup story of Made In Space a number of 3D printed tools that can now be used in space.

“I really enjoyed hearing the startup story and the haptics of the 3D printed objects” – anonymous CEO from the delegation

The Senator and his assistant inspecting 3D printed models
The Senator and his assistant inspecting 3D printed models


Following the tour and presentations there was an open session where the delegation could ask about business opportunities in this area.

“I loved being able to ask lots of questions” – aspiring entrepreneur

On the next leg of their tour, the delegation went to Bagaveev Corporation, close to Silicon Valley but far enough in the country to conduct rocket engine tests in the field continuously and without interruptions. They heard how the company builds and tests rocket engines, building them in a garage.

Delegation inspecting rocket parts at Bagaveev Corporation
Delegation inspecting rocket parts at Bagaveev Corporation

On the final stretch of their tour on Wednesday, the delegation visited a reception hosted by Bremen Invest (WFB Bremen) at the Space Technology and Investment Forum alongside a roundtable discussion with Space Foundation, the organisers of the forum.

From San Francisco, the delegation will fly out to Los Angeles and Pasadena, visiting NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, XPRIZE Foundation, SpaceX and The Aerospace Corporation.