Today, most commercial space research and development is focused on satellites and spacecraft, including future launch vehicles to take cargo and people beyond gravity. Space tourism has captured headlines and imagination worldwide, as Virgin Galactic works to shoot paying passengers into suborbit from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.
But ACME is focused on manufacturing in space, something few companies are currently pursuing.
“Of the 800 or so companies that our analysts track globally, very few are targeting microgravity research and manufacturing,” said Dick David, CEO and co-founder of NewSpace Global, a New York-based information service focused on the new space industry. “That’s still a very nascent market today, but we expect it to grow over the next several years.”
ACME is taking advantage of the dead still of microgravity to cure, or “heal,” defective semiconductor wafers sent on flights to suborbit. The company says space can offer many more such opportunities for new manufacturing processes.