The next generation of construction could be in outer space. And the new construction workers could be robots.
NASA has awarded $500,000 to a space technology development company to design space-bound robots—called “spiderbots” because of their many long “arms”—to build massive structures in space, like satellites and space stations.
The robots will assemble the structures—some of which will measure half a mile wide—with components created on 3-D printers, which will be delivered via spacecraft to the building site in space.
Eventually the robots could be capable of building antennas the size of football fields for use in the search for unknown planets and extraterrestrial life.