Pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, fibre optics, carbon nanotubes & 3D printed organs. https://fiftyyears.substack.com/p/varda-space-industries
Pharma companies have partnered with ISS for research.
Wakeshield project manufactured thin film semiconductors 10,000x better than earth made.
Upcoming experiment: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/nasa-to-demonstrate-first-of-its-kind-in-space-manufacturing-technique-for-telescope-mirrors
Latest gen silicon wafers cost > $130K/kg.
It could reduce by 15x the # of required repeaters. Deployed on the trans atlantic cable, would save $100M.
Gravity renders earth manufactured ZBLAN unperformant.
Long nanotubes can't be manufactured on earth due to gravity induced convection:
Price: up to $100K/kg.
PDF | High temperatures inside the plasma of a carbon arc generate strong buoyancy driven convection which has an effect on the growth and morphology of... | Find, read and cite all the research you...https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234915551_Free_fall_plasma-arc_reactor_for_synthesis_of_carbon_nanotubes_in_microgravity
Organ printing in space doesn't require expensive and toxic scaffolding required on Earth.
Objects requiring perfect spheres can be easily made due to surface tension of liquids in space.
A joint team consisting of Florida-based nScrypt, space company TechShot, Inc, the Geneva Foundation and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has successfully conducted its...https://www.3dprintingmedia.network/nscrypt-3d-bff-bioprinter-in-space-test/
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