Potential for space-based manufacturing is announced

A collaboration has been signed to manufacture semi conductors in space, a move which will enhance the value of multiple ground-to-space operations. The companies are Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Space Forge, a British space company headquartered in Cardiff.

The global semiconductor industry is anticipated to grow to US$1 trillion in revenues by 2030, doubling in this decade. This growth is expected to require investment in high-end advanced wafer manufacturing materials, equipment, and services. In-space manufacturing offers unique advantages, such as microgravity and vacuum conditions, that can lead to the creation of semiconductors with superior performance and reduced defects compared to those manufactured on Earth.

Craig Brown, Investment Director at the UK Space Agency, said: “The UK Space Agency is working to help the industry catalyse investment and improve capabilities. This collaboration between Northrop Grumman and Space Forge is a fantastic opportunity to unlock the potential of a UK space-based manufacturing supply chain to accelerate the development of semiconductor technologies, helping the UK to lead in an expanding global market while paving the way for a more sustainable world.”

Lt Col Stuart Crawford is a defence analyst and former army officer. Sign up for his podcasts and newsletters at www.DefenceReview.uk



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