Tethers Unlimited Delivers In-Space Recycler to NASA


BOTHELL, Wash. (Tethers Unlimited PR) — Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) announced that it has successfully delivered the Refabricator payload to NASA in preparation for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year.

The Refabricator is a mini-fridge sized experimental payload that combines a plastics-recycling system with a 3D printer. NASA will use this payload to demonstrate the ability for astronauts to recycle plastic waste and use the material to create new parts and tools to support long-duration manned missions to the Moon, Mars, and deep space.

  • P.K. Sink

    If this works…it will be awesome.

  • WhoAmI

    Now that China has curbed recycling imports which has forced much recyclables to go to the dump in the U.S., perhaps shipping them to the Space Station for recycling is now an option! 😉