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Metalysis named as first European Space Agency Grand Challenger

posted 17 Oct 2017, 04:13 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 17 Oct 2017, 04:14 ]
Rotherham based Metalysis, the UK company with technology to produce metal and alloys powders used in aerospace, automotive and 3D printing applications, was honoured this week by The European Space Agency (ESA).

In a public ceremony at the end of the Global Space Economic Workshop (GSEW) in Paris, France, Eric Morel de Westgaver, ESA Director for Industry, Procurement and Legal Affairs, presented to Metalysis CEO, Dr. Dion Vaughan, a certificate naming Metalysis as first ESA Grand Challenger. 

This certificate coincides with the beginning of a consultation process with the 22 Governments of ESA’s Member States, which precedes the launch of the first Metalysis-ESA Grand Challenge; a research and development sponsored by Metalysis.

The Metalysis-ESA Grand Challenge will propose a new R&D project to investigate In Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU); a programme of work on the extraction and production of valuable metals and advanced terrestrial manufacturing technologies that pose potential solutions for the future space economy, as Metalysis continues with its industrial expansion in South Yorkshire.

Metalysis has spent more than a decade developing and scaling up its electrochemical technology that converts refined oxides and unbeneficiated ores directly into metal powders, often used in high value manufacturing and 3D printing applications.

In South Yorkshire, the Company is scaling up ‘Generation 4’ of its technology. Generation 4, which Metalysis is on track to complete in 2017, will enable ‘Generation 5’: manufacturing options for thousands of tonnes per annum of metal and alloy powders.

Speaking from GSEW, Metalysis CEO, Dr. Dion Vaughan, said:

“An R&D project which contemplates taking our technology and applying it to 3D printing systems in terraforming environments is an ambitious undertaking, enabled by our next phase of scale-up in the UK.

“ESA’s focus on developing transferable technologies, with industries offering economic benefits on earth and in space, is an excellent fit for Metalysis as we progress to our Generation 5 project, which will showcase multiple modular electrochemical units, adjustable within a Factory of the Future manufacturing scenario.”