DARPA is exploring ways to build things in space

The US military has awarded contracts under a new program to address manufacturing needs in space, as part of a larger effort to lower the costs of space flight.

Space manufacturing could allow humanity to build large structures efficiently, using materials launched from Earth or collected on another world, such as the Moon or Mars. Such work could possibly begin on the moon in the not-too-distant future, especially with the advent of private landing missions as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.

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