Latticestruct represents a cost-effective alternative to current in-orbit construction methods for space trusses and other orbital lattice structures that does not require screws, bolts, welding or any kind of bonding agent for coupling the structural members.
Large space trusses, like those conforming the International Space Station or the projected orbital telescopes, cannot be transported fully assemblied into space. The orbital assembly of lattice structures is a real challenge. Wearing a space suit, the simple task of using, e.g. screws, bolts, or nuts to fasten the bars of trusses is cumbersome and time consuming.
In this video, you can see how a new NASA´s innovative advanced concept, SpiderFab (Tethers Unlimited Inc.), for in-orbit construction could radically change the way a spacecraft is built and deployed.
Off-world manufacturing may be the key to reduce space utilization costs. In the following TEDx talk, Rob Hoyt, a visionary physicist, engineer, and CEO of Tethers Unlimited Inc., surveys the benefits of manufacturing and assembling large systems and structures in space.