Varda Space wants to send a factory into space with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Set up a factory in space. This is an idea that may seem totally outlandish and yet is very interesting. If Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos wants to send polluting industries into space, the company Varda Space wants to become the first to build a factory there. To do this, it would call on SpaceX.
Varda Space wants to send a factory into space
The Varda Space project could well advance certain industries present on earth. Taking advantage of microgravity would prove very practical to manufacture new materials or to develop the research of the International Space Station (ISS) on certain products. The possibilities are numerous even if nothing has yet been explained.
For the trip, Varda Space needs help. SpaceX has been offering its services to businesses for some time. The two companies travel into space and then separate, like a spatial carpooling. For this large project, Varda Space would transport its factory on a Falcon 9 rocket at the beginning of the year 2023. SpaceX launchers would ship the supplies necessary for the establishment of the factory in space. The craft would spend about three months in orbit to test these new manufacturing technologies. Another option would be to use the Electron rockets from Rocket Lab.
thanks to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
One thing is certain, it will be necessary to pay particular attention to the re-entry of the atmosphere and the landing itself in order to be able to recover the materials and products intact. When we know that the speed is Mac 28, we say to ourselves that the challenge is impressive and this step of the most critical.
Unlike many active spacecraft, the Varda Space space factory can operate well in low earth orbit. This first flight should in any case be rich in lessons. To consider launching a second, or even a third around the end of 2024. By then, other similar projects could be launched. In particular that of the European Union, called Period, which aims to assemble and manufacture satellites from space, in partnership with Airbus.