June 1, 2015 Alison Mehesz

Made In Space 3-D Printing on International Space Station Is a Go for San Jose’s Valley Christian Schools Students

Junior High & High School Students are the World’s First to Manufacture in Space

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SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1st – Zero-gravity additive manufacturing technology invented by Silicon Valley’s Made In Space, Inc. has made it possible for another first – Applied Math, Science and Engineering (AMSE) Institute students at Valley Christian Schools (VCS) will have their designs printed in 3-D this fall aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Exemplifying Made In Space’s goal to broaden access to space development, VCSstudents ranging in age from 11 to 18 years have been given unprecedented first access on Earth to use “in-space capabilities” deployed on the ISS.

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“Our AMSE students are going to be part of a great new passion at NASA – on board manufacturing on the ISS. The files we design and create at VCS will be uploaded for output on the world’s only commercially available, space-qualified printer of 3-D objects. To move beyond Earth and live on other planets, we’ll have to manufacture in space. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for business in space, and our students are among the first in the world to benefit from this game-changing technology experience,” says Werner Vavken – Vice President & Director of AMSE at VCS in San
Jose.

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On June 1st, the students from VCS will share their objects in a media event from 10am to 12pm at the Made In Space headquarters inside the NASA Park in Mountain View. High school students will showcase their innovative tool designs, while junior high students will display a “bust” of Astronaut Scott Kelly that will also be printed on orbit this fall. “We’re excited about launching a more sophisticated printer going up to ISS to print the students projects. It will print at a higher temperature with stronger plastics, which will help astronauts iterate their experiments faster. It’s an open platform for anyone who wants to get their hardware in space,” says Aaron Kemmer, Chief Executive Officer & Co-
founder at Made In Space.

About Valley Christian Schools
Valley Christian Schools (VCS) is a private, K-12 Christian school system located in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. VCS provides rigorous college preparatory programs while offering a K-12 comprehensive education. VCS challenges students to aspire toward lives of character, service, and influence while pursuing their individual Quest for Excellence through A3 – Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty, and Athletic Distinction.

About Made In Space
Founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling humanity’s future in space, Made In Space, Inc. has developed additive manufacturing technology for use in the space environment. By manufacturing space assets in space, as opposed to launching them from Earth, the company plans to accelerate and broaden space development while also providing unprecedented access for people on Earth to use in-space capabilities.

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