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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Looking Under the Hood: What’s Happening to Maxar Technologies Ltd. (MAXR)

Maxar Technologies Ltd. (NYSE: MAXR), an aerospace business, is proposing a vital experiment for space exploration. MAXR had a tangled history of bearishness and a notional spin-off of a lucrative company unit by this point.

Maxar, in collaboration with Nanoracks, transported an experiment container to the International Space Station for NASA named Outpost Mars Demo-1. A robotic arm created by Maxar Technologies Ltd. (MAXR) for cutting metals in space is housed in the container. Three pieces of high-strength, corrosion-resistant steel, which is often used for launch vehicle stages, must be cut by the manipulator.

Robots in space will be able to chop apart leftover rocket stages in the future, converting them into raw materials for space building.

The work is straightforward at first glance; a thin metal-cutting disc does not appear to be a difficulty. The space saw, on the other hand, should not generate trash since even little grains of metal may damage other spacecraft or contaminate the environment within the space station in the future.

Maxar Technologies Ltd. (MAXR) claims to have solved the problem with a debris collecting system and a cutting element that, despite its rapid rotation, does not cut metal mechanically but instead uses heat and melting to accomplish it. This is most likely friction cutting, which is utilized in industry for waste-free hole drilling, for example. In such systems, a disc spinning at a high speed burns the metal and moves it to the cut’s edges.

The transfer of this technology into space is critical because it can be used not just to cut metal, but also to weld it in the future.

Maxar Technologies Ltd. (MAXR) will have significant technologies for prospective satellite repairers and scavengers, as well as space stations if the Outpost Mars Demo-1 experiment goes successfully.

Although Maxar’s manipulator division has had some difficulties, the business appears to have preserved its skill in this field and is still a technical leader in the creation of robotic arms for space.

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