The single greatest competitive advantage of this strategy is that by shipping the components, and printing other aspects on orbit, of this spacecraft, significant launch capacity is otherwise saved by not having to otherwise launch the completed spacecraft from Earth subject to the stresses of the launch, and constrained by the engineering requirements for the fairing. By shipping components to orbit, customization and selection is enabled by the end user in creating a particular spacecraft to suit a particular purpose. Further, this concept is strengthened by the expertise of the team, whom represent the best and brightest of the commercial space and 3D printing industries.
The team already has significant contacts and presence with NASA and CASIS, who are also actively seeking to create commercial activity on orbit. The fundamental cost savings created by “smart” component packaging and manufacturing workflow as compared to the current alternative of launching cubesats from Earth has been well documented and discussed by the space community. What is new, is that the Space Workbench (c) creates an full service manufacturing, assembly, and launch solution.
Customers will choose this over alternatives because it will extinguish the significant issue of launch carrier insurance payments required of space companies, enabling greater cost barriers to entry by individuals, companies, and governments. Indeed, the emergence of soft robotics and the biomimetic ship systems concepts, once freed from the engineering constraints of Earth launch, will completely revolutionize the approach to space by humans.
The expected sales of units could well expected to reach over a Million spacecraft within fifty years, and the continued development of microprocessors assures ever greater capability by micro-robotic systems.
The single greatest obstacle to the success of this concept would be in securing the initial capitalization and funding required to sustain a team to engineer, prototype, manufacture, and retain the required launch insurance to send the Space Workbench (c) to the ISS, funding in the area of commercial space development is seen as extraordinary difficult obtain because there is simply “no money” in it, with such investors often choosing to invest in sports teams, restaurants, computer manufacturing companies, and other more mainstream investment choices.
The second greatest obstacle is likely to be the navigation of the related ISS bureaucracy, even when considering the ISS is seeking commercial partners, and the capitalization costs associated with such legal compliance requirements. Further, a business solution would have to develop an alternative to the existing issue with respect to astronaut time as such currently results in the infeasibility of comparative cost savings over traditional construction methods.
One option to be explored is the operation from CASIS ground headquarters to an android robot, like the robonaut.
With the reduced cost of cubesat components related to an orbital factory build-out, each cubesat can be produced and launched for a fraction of the costs incurred by traditional systems, even when considering emerging reusable commercial launch systems.
Deep Space probes could be sent by the hundreds to explore the planets of the solar system, with hundreds, if not thousands, of launches easily within the existing budgets by government and private clients.
No known threats at this time.
The proposal suggests a bridge financing round of $2 million dollars in advance of a Seed A round. The company is seeking experienced and knowledgeable executives, is seeking out partnerships. Initially, a patent shall be filed around the concept of the Workbench, websites created, and an initial products graphics campaign developed.
Early – Demonstrations of deep space probes, development of manufacturing and assembly work flow, developing partnerships with NASA and CASIS, developing letter of intent and private commercial contracts.
Mid – Launch, Storage, and Space Workbench (c) creates a supply of inventory for on-demand satellite fabrication.
Late – Eventually, the company seeks to provide hundreds, if not thousands of sales within the first 10 years. The additional ISS activity will create incentives for further module additions for the development of a “Super” ISS Space Station.
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