Craig Technologies, in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), has established a Space Development Acceleration Capability (SDAC) to provide rapid development and testing of space hardware utilizing additive manufacturing technologies.
Craig Technologies (Craig) has developed a Flight Test Platform (FTP) to accelerate flight hardware development and test schedules to support Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and International Space Station (ISS) mission and experiments. The FTP will become a marketable capability for small to large aerospace manufacturers and other agencies requiring rapid or regular access to the ISS for payload experiments with an emphasis on additive manufactured products and materials.
The SDAC FTP will launch on a Commercial Resupply Services mission to ISS in early 2019 and the ISS Crew will install the SDAC FTP on an external platform. Craig will focus on additive manufacturing material performance characteristics to accelerate the development and certification of space hardware. In addition to accessing host platform bus power, the FTP will incorporate a range of sensors (determined by the user’s needs) to assess and stream hardware and experiment’s performance data via established communication protocols.
The SDAC effort leveraged numerous existing Craig capabilities including its engineering and manufacturing labor resources, equipment and capabilities. In addition to supporting STEM programs directly related to additive manufacturing and space flight, Craig has partnered with key academic and industry partners to standardize additive manufacturing methodologies, develop payload designs, and maximize the beneficial impact of this investment for rapid development and certification of space hardware. Collaborative research and analysis will identify best opportunities to focus development efforts and determine ways to optimize design and inspection methods to reduce cost and schedule.
“Craig Technologies is excited to participate in growing the commercial LEO market through utilization of ISS resources” said Carol Craig, founder and CEO.