S3 EP4: Building in Space

Series 3

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In this episode, we will be discussing In-Space Manufacturing and talking to some of the companies who are at the forefront of this new space race.

The future of commercial space is dependent on our ability to build and assemble large structures entirely outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. From emission-free solar power stations to spacecraft capable of travelling beyond our solar system, all of this and more will be directly affected by how we manufacture in space.

This journey into a new era of engineering will break the paradigm of existing space design and manufacturing. We will need to develop new ways of building, create new technologies, and reimagine what we are capable of.

The commercial space race is well underway, but in the next few years, things are going to get a lot more exciting.

Episode Guests


David Pile

Regional Director

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Portia Bowman



Alex Goodhand

Manufacturing Engineer

Satellite Applications Catapult

Podcast Host


Dallas Campbell

Broadcaster and Writer

Dallas presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes, his immersive documentaries lift the curtain on our human planet, giving audiences of all ages and backgrounds an exclusive backstage pass to some of the world’s most fascinating stories, ideas and places.

Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker, and ambassador for STEM education. He works closely with several major outreach initiatives which help kids across the UK think creatively about technology and innovation. He works internationally with the British Council’s FameLab project, designing and running workshops for early career academics, helping them hone their science communication skills.


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