NASA-affiliated robotics company Tethers Unlimited has unveiled its first design for its robot prototypes designed for use in space! The robots, part of the tentatively titled SpiderFab project, feature multiple arms and a unique spinneret-like 3D printer to create a web of building material in space. These robots are designed to provide an alternative means of putting together important constructions in space, like antennas, solar arrays, replacement parts for telescopes and spacecraft, and even livable infrastructure!


Tethers Unlimited hopes for these robots to not only alleviate the resources used to currently blast building material into space using expensive and hazardous rockets, but also to use the robots to create larger and more complex structures in space than could ever be launched from Earth. Prototypes are currently being worked on, with future tests to be carried out in orbit.

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