NASA is working with other government agencies on the development of technologies that can help build and inspect large structures in space.
The space agency said Thursday it has participated in a series of technical interchange meetings on in-space assembly as a member of the Science and Technology Partnership Forum.
The forum also includes the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The team has completed the first phase of the in-space assembly effort and moved to the program’s second phase, which involved a technical interchange meeting in September at NRL’s Washington facility.
Each agency discussed their plans to create in-space assembly platforms during the meeting, NASA noted.
Forum members identified the potential government and commercial applications of in-space assembly technologies, including the construction and servicing of large and modular spacecraft.
The team plans to explore interagency collaboration opportunities and work with industry and academia to gain additional knowledge, expertise and research capacity.