The European company Thales Alenia Space intends to create the first spaceship-factory in Earth orbit. It will be developed for the REV Foundation, which funds research related to orbital production and work in zero gravity.
This ship called REV1 will be incorporeal as expected. It will be ready for launch at the end of 2025. The ship itself will become a platform for the production of new materials and medicines, as well as agricultural research. Similar experiments have already been carried out on the ISS.
Thales Alenia Space will develop the ship itself. It will be about the size of a small car and will be able to put up to 1000 kg of payload into orbit. It will also be able to stay in orbit for several months. There, if necessary, he will be able to dock to the service module; it will also be developed in Thales Alenia Space.
This module will allow REV1 to remain in orbit for 10 years. After the end of the mission, the ship will be able to return to Earth itself, since it provides for a heat shield.
Previously reportedthat Thales will evaluate the feasibility of placing TsOVs in orbit.