The future is here: Advanced Manufacturing for space

Tue, 12 Oct 2021 23:30:00 GMT
ESA Space Engineering & Technology

To go to new places in space, or do new things, usually demands innovative technologies, and often...

To go to new places in space, or do new things, usually demands innovative technologies, and often novel materials and manufacturing techniques as well.

So ESA and NASA have teamed up to support a major international conference on Advanced Manufacturing - bringing together Industry 4.0 with Space 4.0.

As a result, space has become a driver not only for knowledge, inspiration, cooperation and policymaking, but also for high-end technology integration into the manufacturing domain.

Closely intertwined with Space 4.0 is therefore the next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 - an era that is already showcasing the benefits of increased connectivity, intelligence, flexible automation and advanced manufacturing in the industrial landscape.

Today, smart and advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing, virtual testing, big data-driven and quality control processes are altering the manufacturing supply chain, progressively increasing customer value and supply chain efficiency.

ESA's Advanced Manufacturing cross-cutting initiative aims to home in on emerging manufacturing technologies that overcome the limitations imposed by traditional manufacturing techniques, in the process opening up new industrial possibilities in terms of design freedom, streamlined production stages and reduced cost and increased performance.

The initiative has brought together industrial and institutional partners from all sectors of the manufacturing and design domain of space, and has assisted in the development and industrialisation of manufacturing processes in Europe.

In the advent of Space 4.0 and Industry 4.0, the 1st International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing for Air, Space and Land Transportation, co-organised by ESA and NASA, will bring together the space, aeronautics and land transportation engineering and manufacturing community.

As part of the conference, a special event on 11 March dedicated to 'immature technology', will give students and researchers the chance to present their ideas to the advanced manufacturing community consisting of representatives from leading space agencies, industries and academia.

Submit your abstract to the 1st International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing for Air, Space and Land Transportation and the Immature Technology Day before our 15 November 2021 deadline.

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