NASA experiments with 3D printed radiation shields aboard the ISS

NASA experiments with 3D printed radiation shields aboard the ISS

NASA has announced it is 3D printing radiation shields using the Made in Space 3D printer in order to assess the levels of radiation in space. The shields have been implemented aboard the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) which is currently docked on the International Space Station (ISS). The expandable module just passed its first year aboard the ISS as it completes a two-year testing period. Bigelow Aerospace, based in Las Vegas, has been working in collaboration with NASA to provide an alternative in-space habitat and the BEAM’s testing period will evaluate the suitability of the softer material system. […]

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