The research arm of Arundal Astronautics Ltd focuses in the field of On-orbit Manufacturing. An orbiting facility that manufactures large spacecraft subsystems (such as antennas) could revolutionise the way space is used and enable new space mission concepts. The purpose of this research is to design a mission concept that will utilise high power lasers in space to use as manufacturing tools and is concerned with the feasibility of basic manufacturing operations such as cutting and joining for application to space structures and to investigate methods of reducing contamination in these processes, therefore increasing quality and efficiency.
Looking forward, a technology demonstrator mission would be an important stepping stone towards On-Orbit Manufacture and has far reaching implications. Collaborative companies and organisations interested in developing such a mission are welcome to get in touch and discuss future partnerships.