The Technology

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The Engineer

The Engineer

February 10, 2016

“To boldly go where no manufacturer has gone before, the challenges of manufacturing beyond our own planet will need to be met to support a long-term presence in space.” Link to the article PDF: The Engineer Article

Space Daily

Space Daily

January 25, 2016

“Magna Parva has produced a prototype in-orbit manufacturing system that should provide a method of producing huge carbon composite 3D structures in space” Link to article



January 24, 2016

“Leicestershire-based engineering firm Magna Parva has been given a grant to develop off-planet manufacturing capabilities to build huge structures in space, like solar sails or antenna reflectors.” Link to article  

Our patented (link to patent: GB2500786B ) precision robotic technology manufactures 3D space structures using a supply of carbon fibres and a resin that are processed by pultrusion through a heat forming die in a continuous process, producing cured carbon composite elements of extraordinary length that also encompass intelligent elements such as sensors, fibre optics or wiring. As the resin and materials behave differently in space, the development has included testing under both ambient atmospheric and vacuum conditions. While pultrusion itself is an established manufacturing process, it has now been scaled down to a size where the equipment can be accommodated on spacecraft, and further work is under way to advance the technical readiness of the concept.



Our first application is radio transmission interferometry:
Global-Activity Based Intelligence (G-ABI)

We are actively seeking new ideas for possible uses of the technology from end-users, systems integrators and Agencies, some examples below:

Radio transmission interferometry (larger = higher resolution) - Kleos
Telescope deployment (larger = better resolution)
Sun shield (larger = cooler)
Star shade (larger = better imagery)
Solar sails (larger = higher propulsion thrust)
Parabolic reflectors (larger = more photons collected/higher capacity)
Solar array deployment (larger = more power)
Optical Interferometry antenna (larger = better resolution)
Stereo (3D) imaging (larger = greater accuracy)
Gravity sensor (larger = greater accuracy)
Radiation source deployment (larger = source further away from instruments)
Moving Target Indicator Radar track (larger = larger swath)
Very Low Frequency communications antenna (larger = at/closer to wavelength meaning easier comms)
Active deorbiting (larger/stiffer = a working solution)

Base Structures

The in-Space composite structure manufacturing system would be well suited to provide the rigid structural elements required by any Moon or Mars base construction.

Base Structures
Deployment/Formation Flying

The structural boom in-Space manufacturing system can be used to move instruments/spacecraft/optics away from the main spacecraft but remain structurally linked even over significant distances

Deployment/Formation Flying

As opposed to conventional deployment technology, with our system Antennae of virtually unlimited length are possible vastly increasing capability