Monday, February 14, 2011
In situ resourcing
Combine that with this , and you could build what you need where it's needed. This is contrasted with having to launch a rocket carrying it to where it is needed. The machine gets taken there and just builds what you need at the location using the materials available at that location. Saves a lot of mass and makes it easier to do what you want in space. This assumes that the device can work in space.