JAXA, AIST Paving Way for Fabricating Integrated Circuits in Space

Fig. 1: Traditional Mega Fab and Minimal Fab (Credit: JAXA)

Highlights

  • Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) is aiming to produce integrated circuits (ICs) for space applications with a small-volume production system (Minimal Fab) (Figure 1). Using a practical SOI-CMOS with two-layer aluminum wiring process, Technology 2018, developed by National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (Figure 2), JAXA has designed an IC which contains around 1000 transistors (4bit shift resistor and an I/O circuit) and manufactured a prototype chip (Figure 3) whose operations has been demonstrated successfully (Figure 4).
  • AIST has built a fully automatic Minimal Fab system, which enables a circuit designer to manufacture a semiconductor device on his own by operating a series of manufacturing equipment. Maneuvered by a JAXA circuit engineer, the new system has proven itself and produced the above ICs.
  • These prototyping and operational demonstration have opened the way to manufacturing electronic devices aboard spacecraft with a Minimal Fab process, which is expected to broaden the applications of the new process.

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — JAXA and AIST have been conducting a joint research project concerning the applications of a small-volume production system (Minimal Fab) (Figure 1) to aerospace research and development applications, and have demonstrated for the first time in the world that the new system can realize ICs intended for use in space.

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Axiom, Made in Space Announce Agreement for Manufacturing in Orbit

made_in_space_logoHOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2017 9 (Axiom Space PR) — Made In Space and Axiom Space today, announce an agreement to be users and providers of one another’s capabilities to manufacture products in space. Made In Space is the only company to produce 3D printed products in Space and Axiom Space is the leading developer of the world’s first privately-owned commercial space station. This collaboration signifies Made In Space’s exciting transition from research phase, to manufacturing for commercial customers.

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Lee Valentine to Discuss Space Manufacturing Conference on The Space Show

Space Studies Institute Executive Vice President Lee Valentine will be appearing on The Space Show With David Livingston today (Wednesday, Oct. 6) from 7-8 p.m. PDT to discuss the upcoming Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference. The gathering will be held from Oct. 29-31 at the NASA Ames Conference Center and Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel..

To listen listen to The Space Show, click here. For more details on the conferences, please see visit SSI’s website.

A Singularity Approach to Space: Beamed Propulsion, AI, and Iridium on Steroids

I just came from the Singularity University over at NASA Ames. Students presented their business proposals this afternoon for how to open up space over the next decade so that it positively affects a billion people. A total of 24 students — a third of the class — were involved in developing space projects. They will be forming companies to pursue their ideas.

There were five ventures presented:

  1. Cheap Access to Space – Beamed propulsion for sending satellites into orbit
  2. SWARM – An Iridium-on-steroids constellation of 300 multipurpose LEO satellites
  3. Made in Space – In-space manufacturing that negates the need to ship things up from Earth
  4. SpaceBio Labs – Cheap and reliable access for bio-tech research
  5. AI Labs – Using artificial intelligence and virtual environments to explore and experience space.

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