If humanity is to live in space, whether in low Earth orbit, on the Moon or elsewhere, we’re going to eventually need to setup in-space and lunar manufacturing.
The talk is from the Future In-Space Operations weekly teleconference and this episode was recorded Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
The speaker is NASA’s Raymond “Corky” Clinton Jr., Associate Director of the Science & Technology Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Dr. Clinton takes takes us on a brief journey of what’s been done by NASA to date and then discusses what NASA is doing now and what the future of in-space and lunar manufacturing might be.
Dr. Clinton joined NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1984 as an aerospace materials engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory. He has served in a broad variety of leadership positions in the Engineering Directorate, Science Directorate, and the Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate.
Dr. Clinton was selected to lead NASA’s investigation into foam loss during liftoff of the Return To Flight mission of space shuttle Discovery on STS-114 in July 2005. The findings and recommendations of the investigation led to several significant design and safety improvements to the space shuttle’s External Tank.
He has long championed the development of in space manufacturing, starting with MSFC’s first 3D printing microgravity experiment test flight in 1999 and is currently the Principal Investigator of the Moon-to-Mars Planetary Autonomous Construction Technology (MMPACT) project.
Dr. Clinton earned his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous NASA and industry awards, including AIAA Fellow, Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, and the Silver Snoopy.
Presentation: In-Space Manufacturing & Lunar Construction Technology DevelopmentClinton_9-9-20
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