Space progress does not stand still, and new technologies are constantly improving humanity’s ability to explore space. One such technology is the world’s first Varda Space Factory, which was unveiled earlier this year.
Varda is a space startup that creates space materials on Earth’s orbit. The factory will produce various materials that will be used to create space objects such as satellites, rockets, and even space stations.
This idea is not new, but previously no one dared to implement such a project. However, thanks to new technologies and breakthroughs in the space industry, Varda was able to realize its idea.
How does the space factory work?
Varda uses 3D printing to create materials on Earth’s orbit. This reduces production time, as well as the amount of waste that would normally occur in traditional manufacturing.
The factory will operate at an altitude of about 400 km from the Earth’s surface and will be 1.5 by 1 meter in size. It will be equipped with special devices, which will allow to create various materials, including metals, plastics and composite materials.
Why do we need a space factory?
The Varda Space Factory has several advantages over traditional production on Earth. First, it reduces production time through the use of 3D printing. Secondly, it reduces the amount of waste and the load on the environment.
In addition, the space factory can be used to create materials that cannot be produced on Earth due to the lack of gravity. For example, materials such as metal alloys can only be created in weightlessness.
Opinion of an expert
One of the main advantages of the Varda space factory is its environmental friendliness. According to John Hope, professor of space sciences at the University of Arizona, using the space factory can help reduce the amount of waste and the burden on the environment.
“The Varda Space Factory could be a real breakthrough in the space industry and help solve many of the problems we face on Earth,” Hope said.