It seems fitting that the first nation-state to put a satellite in space would also be the first nation-state to put a 3D-Printed satellite into space. In 1959, the Soviet Union put the Sputnik into space. It shocked the world and set off a jingoistic space race that sort of lost its vim and vigor when the United States landed on the moon in 1969, allegedly (I threw that in for my conspiracy theory readers).
Well, 58 years later, the Soviet Union is no more, but the new nation-state that emerged from the ashes of the Soviet Union, which was really the old nation-state the Soviet Union replaced (sans the czar, now they just have a US Election Hacking, Bear Riding, Naked Chested man of a KGB man called Putin), has done it again, this time, creating and successfully launching the world’s first 3D-Printed Satellite. GO RUSSIA!
No, I have not had any secret or otherwise meetings with Russians before I wrote this article, and no, I am not being paid by RT to write this article.
Side note: Sorry if I triggered my flat earther readers, but, yeah, deal with it.
Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world’s first satellite made almost entirely with a 3D printer on Thursday. The satellites were launched manually by cosmonauts Fedor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazansky. One of the satellites, Tomsk TPU-120, was produced almost entirely using 3D printing technology, making it the first 3D printed satellite to be launched by Russia. Tomsk TPU-120 will be orbiting for around 6 months.
Launching the satellites manually from the International Space Station requires the cosmonauts to work with a new state-of-the-art spacesuit, the Orlan MKS. This is equipped with an automated thermal control system and a synthetic, hermetically sealed shell. The output hatch of the docking compartment “Pirs” was opened on August 17 at 17.45 Moscow time, and the cosmonauts will be working for around 6 hours. Firstly the test vehicle, the TS530-Mirror, was launched, followed by the Tomsk TPU-120 and the other satellites, the Tanyusha-YuZGU and the TNS-0 No.2.