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Saturday, May 13, 2017

GeekSpeak – factories in space? Join the discussion May 13th at 12pm SLT

Last week a company announced a plan to build a factory in space, a factory that would be run entirely by robots.  If you were in charge of such a factory what would you make?  Or what do you think others would make?  Medicine?  Machine parts?  Weapons?  Illegal drugs?  Spaceships?  Parachutes?  Would you run pig farms up there?

There are advantages to working in space factories.  Cold welding of metals is possible in a vacuum. Without gravity huge spaceships that could never leave a planet can be built and launched (although they would never be able to land).

On the other hand, low temperatures, radiation and lack of oxygen might cause problems.

Bring your spacesuit and a hard hat to GeekSpeak and tell us all your plans.


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