Ensuring U.S. leadership of in-space manufacturing in low Earth orbit by enabling the use of the ISS National Laboratory to demonstrate the production of advanced materials and products for terrestrial markets.
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer during Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) removal and installation of Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) Sample Cartridge during Expedition 66.
Where applicable, proposers should consider the following best practices and considerations when developing implementation strategies, schedules, and cost estimates for the purposes of ensuring mission success. Note that the details of this list are not listed in order of priority.
Astronaut Mark Vande Hei works inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox setting up hardware for a space physics study.
NASA and the ISS National Laboratory are collaborating on a strategy and set of recommended targets for rapid development of In Space Production Applications (InSPA) over the next ten years, with concentration on accelerating carefully selected concepts with the potential for a rapid return on investment.
NASA’s In Space Production Applications (InSPA) implementation strategy consists of a multi-phase award process to demonstrate proof-of-concept, advance to high production quality, and ultimately to achieve scalability on a commercial low-Earth orbit destination.
As of spring 2023, NASA has invested greater than $60M in more than twenty In Space Production Applications (InSPA) awards to U.S. entities seeking to demonstrate the production of advanced materials and products on the International Space Station.