The Race for Replicators in Space has Begun

by Rachel Baker on August 31, 2013

Tethers Unlimited is hoping to develop a 3-D printing and robotic assembly that can build spaceship parts while in orbit.

NASA has always built its spacecraft on Earth, but aerospace startup Tethers Unlimited is hoping to change that process by developing a system that combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build spaceship parts in orbit. NASA is kicking in $500,000 in funding to the project, called SpiderFab, that will enable Tethers to begin testing and demonstrating manufacturing techniques. The money will bring the arachnid-looking concept one step closer to its goal of an in-space demo by 2020.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/31/4678046/nasa-funding-spiderfab-3d-printing-parts-in-space

And just for posterity sake: The Tholian Web http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tholian_Web

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