North Dakota Based Students to Launch Cube Satellite Equipped with 3D Printer
Twin brothers based in Grand Forks, Michael and Sean Wegerson, are looking to launch their low-cost cube satellite. The first of which that will come equipped with a 3D printer.
The Wegerson brothers, currently with their startup, Open Space Frontier Technologies are currently designing low-cost, compact sized cube satellites (CubeSats). They're looking to send this technology to the International Space Station (ISS), with hopes that the included 3D printing system will help play a major role throughout the future of space travel.
The 3D technology is something being used to produce satellites, along with rocket parts, and other space tools. This has been a recent focus in space exploration as 3D technology is becoming a vital production tool. It is also one of the most affordable methods.
The Open Space Frontier Technologies has produced their CubeSat in-house, with the satellite's solar panels being assembled in a toaster oven, while the body is created by a low-cost milling machine. The CubeSat will be sent to the ISS at the end of December, and launched into orbit in January 2017.
Should the mission be successful, the Grand Forks-based startup could make its mark on space exploration.