Researchers at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) along with Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) plan to improve the technology of 3D printing for space equipment.
The Russian lunar program implies launching five orbital stations in 5 years. This summer, Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities has already orbited a small space device that transmits signals from the space. This miniature apparatus is a powerful nanosatellite Tomsk-TPU-120 which details were 3D printed by the Tomsk engineers.
The Tomsk developers are going to present Roscosmos with a 3D printer to work at International Space Station (ISS). In case of any damage, the astronauts will be able to quickly print a necessary detail and replace it.
Also, the specialists at Tomsk Polytechnic University and engineers at RSC Energia plan to continue working on technologies for establishing lunar stations. 3D printing would simplify this task.
As a TPU scientist Alexey Yakovlev comments, Roscosmos has to confirm the abovementioned project, which requires the appropriate staff training.
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