Enterprise In Space & Kepler Space Institute Launch Competition for University Teams to 3D Print Aboard the International Space Station
(Washington, DC – October 12, 2016)
Enterprise In Space (EIS), a non-profit program of the National Space Society (NSS), and the Kepler Space Institute have partnered with Made In Space (MIS), Sketchfab, 3D Hubs, and Prairie Nanotechnology to launch the “Print the Future” competition. In order to drive innovation forward in space manufacturing technology, EIS and its partners are offering university teams a chance to 3D print a NewSpace experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
MIS has made history by installing two 3D printers aboard the ISS, including the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), the first commercial 3D printer in space. As humanity expands its exploration of the cosmos, 3D printing in microgravity will be a key NewSpace technology for manufacturing goods away from Earth.
“An essential technology to extending humanity’s reach in space is in-space manufacturing,” said NSS Director and Made In Space Co-Founder and Chief Engineer Michael Snyder. “By manufacturing new designs in space, we’ll be able to forgo the high cost of shipping supplies by rocket and instead fabricate them directly in microgravity.”
For the Print the Future competition, university teams are encouraged to push the bounds of 3D printing in microgravity to craft new designs that will serve humanity in expanding its presence among the stars. Designs should meet the requirements of the AMF aboard the ISS and demonstrate concepts that can aid the human species in interplanetary transport, construction, and habitation.
All entries will be submitted and displayed on the popular 3D modeling community Sketchfab. While finalists will have their projects prototyped free of charge through 3D Hubs, a network of 3D printing services, all contestants are encouraged to iterate designs via 3D Hubs, as well.
The grand prize winner will work with MIS to 3D print their project on Earth before printing aboard the ISS. The project will be returned to Earth, where the winner will be able to leverage Prairie Nanotechnology’s advanced research equipment to study the results. Three members of the grand prize team will also receive scholarships, R.S. Kirby Memorial Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each at the Kepler Space Institute to be applied towards a full certificate program. The R.S. Kirby Memorial Scholarships aim to encourage Space Advocates the world over and to develop technologies, laws, philosophies, and a moral and societal framework to aid the global community in extending life through our solar system and beyond.
“We’ve all seen those exciting sci-fi films in which the human species has colonized the galaxy and is exploring space in order to answer life’s deepest questions,” said NSS President and EIS Program Manager Alice Hoffman. “But if we’re ever going to be able to pull that off, we still have to develop the NewSpace technologies that will make interplanetary travel and colonization possible. And we’ll need to train the next generation to drive those technologies even further.”
To learn more about the Print the Future competition or to enter, visit the contest page at enterpriseinspace.org/print-the-future and become a part of NewSpace history.
About Enterprise In Space
The National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space (EIS) is the world’s first NewSpace education program. EIS is dedicated to providing access to STEAM education to all through the open online EIS Academy and with the help of an artificial intelligence tutor named Ali. The program’s first Academy-wide project is the design, launch, and retrieval of a 3D-printed spacecraft carrying 100+ active and passive experiments from K-postgrad student teams from all around the world.
About Made In Space
Founded in 2010 as the world’s first space manufacturing company, Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) has become a world leader in utilizing 3D printing for aerospace applications. In 2014, a NASA/Made In Space team sent the world’s first 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS). In partnership with CASIS, managers of the ISS National Lab, and Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive technology hub of the Lowe’s Home Improvement chain, Made In Space will be sending the first commercial 3D printer to the ISS next year. Additionally, the firm was recently awarded a NASA contract to 3D print and assemble structures in space itself.
About Kepler Space Institute
Kepler Space Institute (KSI) is dedicated to providing educational programs, research solutions, and publications to the public, industry, and governmental organizations in support of continuing Space Exploration, Commercialization, and Colonization. Through cutting edge research, exploration and development of space resources, KSI helps facilitate the expansion of human civilization from Earth into Space, with the primary goal of benefitting humans everywhere on Earth and beyond.
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About 3D Hubs
3D Hubs is the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services. With service providers connected in over 160 countries 3D Hubs makes it easy for product designers and engineers to find the right 3D print solution for prototyping and small production runs. By providing local access to cutting-edge 3D printing technologies 3D Hubs is accelerating a future of distributed on-demand manufacturing. Founded in 2013, 3D Hubs is headquartered in Amsterdam. For more information visit www.3dhubs.com.
About Prairie Nanotechnology
Prairie Nanotechnology is devoted to supporting industrial (and academic) research and development, quality control, process development, and anything requiring materials characterization. The company’s principal scientists collectively have over 100 years of experience with materials analysis and characterization and nanotechnology development.
About the National Space Society
NSS is an independent nonprofit educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. To learn more, visit www.nss.org.
The first phase of this novel project was an open submission period for aesthetics-based designs for the NSS Enterprise Orbiter. Designers world-wide were asked to create and submit science-fiction-inspired designs for the spacecraft.
The next stage in the EIS Orbiter Design Contest was a period of public voting during which the public voted for their favorite entries in the contest.
The last stage in the EIS Orbiter Design Contest was the Star Judge Panel.
Now we are proud to announce the winner!
Grand Prize Winner: Stanley von Medvey
First Prize Winner: Steven Pestana
Second Prize Winner: John Cortes
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
STANLEY VON MEDVEY
I am a concept artist in the video game industry, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve worked in film and advertising as well over the years, but began my education pursuing physics before deciding on an art career. I still love science and space flight, and have participated in educational outreach programs throughout my career.
FIRST PRIZE WINNER
I am an undergraduate student studying geology and physics and plan to pursue a career in planetary and space science research and exploration.
SECOND PRIZE WINNER
John Cortes is a first-year graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a PhD in Mechanical engineering. John holds a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson University. Originally from Colombia, John migrated to the US at the age of ten. He has always had a passion for learning new things and constantly challenging himself.
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ENTERPRISE IN SPACE ANNOUNCES ORBITER DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS
Press Release: February 3rd 2015
Enterprise In Space (EIS), a project of the National Space Society, is excited to announce the winners of the Enterprise in Space Orbiter Design Contest. The EIS project will take the Grand Prize winning design, which is a visualization of a science fiction concept, and make it science fact. EIS will do this by building the winning design and sending it into Earth orbit as the first real spacecraft bearing the name Enterprise. This mission is also unique in that it will carry more than 100 student experiments into space and back.
The Grand Prize winning entry was submitted by Stanley Von Medvey, a concept artist who grew up in Chicago and currently resides in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Von Medvey draws inspiration from the fields of aerospace and science. When asked why he entered the contest, Von Medvey responded, “I have a deep love for space exploration. Participation in spaceflight experiments as a student was formative, so I’d love to contribute to another young person’s learning in a similar way.”
The First Prize winner is Steven Pestana, a college senior at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona studying geology and physics with plans to pursue a career in planetary and space science research and exploration. Pestana was motivated to entered the contest in order to “support science education through the EIS project.”
The Second Prize winner is John Cortes, a first-year graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering. Originally from Colombia, Cortes migrated to the United States at the age of ten. On entering the contest, Cortes told EIS that “I am a firm believer in educating our youth on the potential benefits of space exploration. So much of our current technology has come from the space programs around the world, it’s only right that we continue on this path. I entered a design because I really enjoy designing spacecraft and this was a perfect opportunity to fulfill a dream of seeing one of my designs come to life.”
“The Enterprise in Space team and I want to thank all the people who sent in their wonderful and imaginative science fiction inspired ship designs from all over the world,” said EIS Founder Shawn Case. “It was nice to see entries from so many artistic and engineering perspectives.”
This contest constitutes the first phase of the Enterprise In Space project, whose mission is to design, build, launch, orbit, re-enter, and tour a satellite that will carry more than 100 competitively-selected student experiments into space and back. It was an open international contest seeking science fiction inspired spacecraft designs. This was followed by a public vote to identify the most popular designs submitted to the contest. The final step of the selection process was an evaluation of each design by a panel of expert judges.
Judging the contest were EIS Contest Manager Jim Plaxco, EIS Chief Engineer Fred Becker, Terminal Velocity Aerospace CEO Dominic DePasquale, SNG Studio owner Steve Neill, Consulting Senior Illustrator Andrew Probert, International Association of Astronomical Artists President Jon Ramer, and The Light Works CEO Tobias Richter.
With respect to the judging process, Jim Plaxco stated that “the judges evaluated the design submissions based on their engineering practicality, originality, and design aesthetics. We debated the merits of the various designs and in the end it took us two rounds of voting to arrive at a consensus.” The winning designs can be seen at www.enterpriseinspace.org/winner/
The next phase of the design process is to have an aerospace engineering firm create the necessary engineering drawings and specifications from the winning entry. Follow the progress of the historic EIS project – from winning entry to engineering design to construction and flight – at www.enterpriseinspace.org.
About Enterprise In Space (EIS): Enterprise In Space is a first-of-its-kind publicly funded grassroots space project. The project will fly an orbiter with 100+ student experiments into space and then have it return to Earth. It is an educational project of the National Space Society, a non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-free and its wesite is www.enterpirseinspace.org
About National Space Society (NSS): NSS is an independent non-profit educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. Its website is www.nss.org