The American company will build space platforms with parts of rockets
The American company NanoRacks will build space stations in orbit around which it intends to assemble equipment for future manned space flights.
NanoRacks wants to create space platforms that could serve as hotels, technology parks, warehouses, as well as service stations for manned spacecraft. For this to happen, however, the key technology is to automate the production of those elements whose transport from Earth is expensive. The most important activity associated with this is cutting metal. This task will be tested in orbit in the near future.
The upper parts of the Cyclone-4M rockets will be used to build space platforms, which are used to transport cargo to Earth's orbit by the Canadian company Maritime Launch Services. NanoRacks has signed an agreement with a Canadian company to use those elements that would burn in the atmosphere anyway. As part of the tests, the company plans to check how the autonomous robotic arm will cut metal in low gravity conditions. The task should take the robot from 30 minutes to an hour.
NanoRacks operates under the public-private program NextSTEP-2 (short for "Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships") run since 2016 by NASA, which aims to enable space exploration also for commercial purposes. The idea of the American company is very interesting and is another idea to deal with the problem of space debris that orbit Earth and pose a threat to both satellites and spacecraft. | allthingsblogging.com