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Anisoprint selected for space exploration Start-up Support Program

The ESRIC program is the first of its kind dedicated to space resources

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Anisoprint, a Luxembourg start-up with Continuous Fiber Co-extrusion (CFC) technology, was selected to participate in the Startup Support Program (SSP) managed by European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) in partnership with Technoport, the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the European Space Agency (ESA). SSP’s goal is to develop the space resources ecosystem by providing a platform for entrepreneurs with business ideas targeting terrestrial and space applications.

ESRIC has launched the first ‘Start-up Support Programme’ (SSP) worldwide dedicated to Technology and Commercial projects in the area of space resource utilization. Following the initial call for applications in 2021, 33 start-ups, from 17 different countries, have applied. Only five met the tough criteria for the program. The business incubator selected teams with a clear focus on strategic thinking and goal-setting as well as proven expertise in developing innovative and reliable technologies in terrestrial and space industry markets.

ESRIC selects Anisoprint for global Start-up Support Program. The program is the first of its kind dedicated to space resources.
Source: Anisoprint

“We are really looking forward to starting to work with the Anisoprint team: they have invented a technology that is already successful on earth, we are eager to see it adjusted to space conditions,” said Lari Cujko, Startup Program Lead.

Anisoprint applied to participate in the ESRIC incubator to adjust composite fiber 3D printing for close-to-zero gravity conditions. During the SSP, the team will work on the development of equipment allowing 3D printing of tools, components, repair parts and structural elements made of composite materials in conditions of weightlessness and low gravity. Anisoprint’s project will support the development, extraction, and use of space resources.

“Space is a huge opportunity and an exciting challenge, and ultimately space exploration is the frontier of engineering progress. In-space manufacturing, in-orbit manufacturing were always my biggest endeavors. The Luxembourg government has designated space tech as one of its top development priorities, and we are thrilled to have a chance to contribute to that under the ESRIC initiative,” said Fedor Antonov, CEO of Anisoprint.

ESRIC selects Anisoprint for global Start-up Support Program. The program is the first of its kind dedicated to space resources.
A lunar rover with an Anisoprinted suspension (smooth PA, composite carbon fiber reinforcement)

“Humanity will turn to the Moon for a sustainable and permanent presence. To explore and find new resources, earth technologies need to be adjusted for use in space. Anisoprint creates new space technologies in 3D printing and our team is ready to contribute to this great project and to be a participant of the ESRIC initiative,“ said Dmitrii Prokopiuk, Head of Space Development at Anisoprint.

Anisoprint’s diverse research and development team is backed up by a strong skill set and many years of combined experience in composite materials. It includes people from different countries, who share a common mission: Enabling lightweight composite structures with Anisoprinting’s zero-waste manufacturing technology.

With all the experience of developing and sustaining a set of different products – technology, hardware, software, materials (both plastic and fiber), education – on different levels, the team is expanding the activities to the space exploration sector.

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