EP 8: In-Space Manufacturing

Series 1

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To many people, the concept of being able to make things in space will sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie. But the truth is, a lot more happens up there than we might realise.

Take the International Space Station for example. It has been in orbit for just over two decades, and is a hive of activity, home to numerous experiments that can’t be done on Earth. But are we using space enough?

Space tourism is often in the headlines, as companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and others compete to be leaders in the emerging market. However, the opportunities that are being unveiled in manufacturing could be what have the most significant impact and benefit to planet Earth.

As we explore different ways to achieve net zero, and push to become more of a greener society, we cannot deny the fact that the increasing demand being placed on manufacturers, is part of what is causing us the most damage. Could using space to its maximum potential be the key to saving the planet?

Episode Guests


Mike Curtis-Rouse

Head of Access to Space

Satellite Applications Catapult

Lisa Denzer

Human and Robotic Exploration

European Space Agency

Elizabeth Seward

Senior Strategist for Space Systems


Josh Western

CEO & Co-Founder

Space Forge

Episode Host


Maggie Aderin-Pocock

We are pleased to have Maggie Aderin-Pocock on board to present and introduce our first series of podcasts. A British space scientist and science educator, Maggie is an honorary research associate of University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since February 2014, she has co-presented the long-running astronomy television programme The Sky at Night with Chris Lintott. In 2020 she was awarded the Institute of Physics William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for her public engagement in physics.

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