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  • Writer's pictureJustin Dirrenberger

ASLM: a stellar technology for the new space economy



The space industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace, with private players and startups rewriting the rules of the game. TETMET, with our Adaptive Spatial Lattice Manufacturing (ASLM) technology, is not here to add to the noise but to offer something tangible and transformational to the NewSpace sector, starting with Europe and North America. We're looking at where ASLM fits into the actual needs and upcoming trends of space exploration and commercialization.


Tangible benefits from ASLM ASLM isn't magic; it represents engineering innovation at its peak, tailored to address the actual challenges encountered by the space industry today. Here are the key benefits it offers: Mass efficiency Space is at a premium, both in terms of physical space and payload mass. ASLM's forte is creating structures that are lighter and just as strong, if not stronger, than traditional counterparts. ASLM can create structures that are up to 80% lighter without compromising strength, potentially saving thousands, if not millions, of dollars in launch costs. Customization is Key The one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work in space. Missions have unique requirements, and ASLM allows for on-demand, last-minute, tailored component manufacturing. Streamlined design-to-production for faster development cycles. Integrated Multifunctionality One standout feature of ASLM is its ability to integrate multiple functions within a single component. Thanks to decades of research on lattice structures, ASLM parts can integrate multiple functions, e.g. strength, stiffness, damping, tunable thermal expansion, etc. This so-called pine cone effect enables reduced complexity, better reliability, and increased system performance. Sustainability is non-negociable The space industry is increasingly looking inward at its environmental impact. ASLM's resource-efficient nature means less waste and a smaller carbon footprint for manufacturing processes. At TETMET we partnered up with CNES to demonstrate the eco-performance of ASLM. It's a step toward more sustainable space missions, aligning with broader goals to minimize space and Earth's environmental impact.

Driving Forces in Space Exploration


NASA and ESA are looking ahead, focusing on sustainability, cost reduction, and innovation. Here's where ASLM slots in, realistically:


1. In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)

Future missions will rely on making do with what's available off-Earth. ASLM's adaptability to use different materials could play a significant role in future ISRU strategies, potentially reducing the need for Earth-based resources.


2. Bringing Down Costs

The cost of accessing space has been a significant barrier. With ASLM's potential for mass reduction and material efficiency, the technology aligns with ESA's goal to reduce space costs by one order of magnitude over the next decade.


3. Space Habitat and Infrastructure

Building in space needs a new approach. ASLM's capability to produce intricate, resilient structures offers exciting possibilities for space habitats and infrastructure, including in-orbit manufacturing, supporting long-term human presence in space.


TETMET is dedicated to pushing space technology forward with tangible, measurable advantages, encouraging partnerships to delve into the practical implications of ASLM on upcoming space missions. Our aim is to collaborate with industry stakeholders, researchers, and agencies to experiment, refine, and ultimately incorporate ASLM into the framework of the space industry. Let's work together to take meaningful steps in shaping the future of space exploration and commercialization.


In the spirit of transparency and openness, this whitepaper outlines TETMET's vision for ASLM within the changing landscape of the space sector. It serves as an invitation for discussion, cooperation, and a practical evaluation of how ASLM can contribute to our collective space journey. 


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