G-Space is an AI environment that brings forward a new class of materials liberated from gravity. G-Space is strategically positioned at the intersection of terrestrial and space markets by seeking to understand material needs to meet the demands of the digital age in areas such as sensing, transmission, storage and energy efficiency while identifying new formulations that are stable and can only be manufactured in a reduced gravitational environment. There is a burgeoning economy interested in developing, promoting, and/or investing in efficient, profitable in-space manufacturing of advanced materials by using (a) a miniaturized version of the terrestrial process and (b) ineffective trial and error engineering to a material science problem.
G-Space’s main product is the Advanced Terrestrial to Orbital Manufacturing (ATOM) platform that builds on a terrestrial experimental technique, Gravity Elimination via Methods of Suspension (GEMS), enhanced through the addition of first-principles modeling, computational tools, and machine learning algorithms. G-Space is the only commercial company that provides a tool in advanced material manufacturing that harnesses the effect of gravity on material stability and narrows down the optimized 0G manufacturing envelope.
The main objective of this SBIR PhaseI is to develop a conceptual design of GEMS and to complete the buildout and beta testing of the ATOM platform, including a data manager, analysis and reporting system. The resulting platform will be validated using primarily in-house Heavy Metal Fluoride Glass data. In addition, the platform will be expanded to ingest selected material data from NASA’s Microgravity Database as well as an additional suite of high profit margin materials with potential for fabrication in a zero G environment.
G-Space products target primarily NASA applications related to efficient, profitable in-space manufacturing of advanced materials and end users across the spectrum of NASA and commercial space who require high-performance materials that cannot be made at the bottom of Earth’s gravity well. G-Space approach will reduce the amount of costly trial and error, and ensures that space-manufactured material approach their true theoretical performance limits while also narrowing down the optimized reduced gravity manufacturing envelope.
Advanced materials power key technological breakthroughs in foundational industries of the 21st century. The estimated impact over the next decade exceeds $3 Trillion. Markets related to the digital economy (data transmission, sensing, storage) are the largest drivers. G-Space sees this demand for novel materials as an incredible commercial opportunity that also positively shapes the society.