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Research area: Production in Space

Research area: Production in Space

The research area Production under Space Conditions deals with the topic of additive manufacturing under various gravity conditions as they prevail on the moon, Mars and in space.

RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Gravity-free printing of powdery materials/metals
  • Research into novel transport techniques for material transport under different gravity conditions
  • Microgravity for the production of ideal spheres
  • Substrate free additive manufacturing
  • Alloying of special materials in weightlessness
  • Printing of regolith structures (lunar rocks) in low gravity without binding agents

EINSTEIN-ELEVATOR - EXPERIMENTS UNDER ADJUSTABLE GRAVITY CONDITIONS

The Einstein-Elevator - made in Hannover - is the world's first large-scale research device for physical and production engineering experiments under adjustable gravity conditions in the range of 0g to 5g. A high degree of automation enables a high repetition rate of up to 300 experiments per day.

 

Technical specifications:

  • Flight duration at 0 g: 4 s
  • Free fall height: 20 m
  • Experimental payload: 1,000 kg
  • Repetition rate: 300 experiments/day
  • Acceleration: 0 g < a < 5 g
  • residual acceleration: max. 10-6 g
  • Vacuum quality: 10-2 mbar
  • Electrical drive power: 4.8 MW

CONTACTING THE PRODUCTION IN SPACE DEPARTMENT

FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT AND AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY:

Overview of former research projects