The primary market for the ACT additive manufacturing technology is large (100 kW-1 MW) solar arrays. However, the ACT system is reconfigurable, scalable, and reprogrammable, making it applicable to a large number of other space applications. The ACT system could also be implemented for structural reinforcement for the ISS or other space structures, structural booms for solar arrays on lightweight space structures, Mars colonization infrastructure, straight and curved primary structure on satellites or future space stations. SDC estimates that the ROI for launching the ACT system on five (5) different missions will exceed 3. The ACT system has direct applicability to the asteroid redirect mission, the Mars Exploration missions, and NASA commercial resupply missions.
The ACT system is being developed with complete printer and structure tailorability to meet a range of mission objectives. Additional applications include private space exploration spacecraft that employ solar electric propulsion, private space stations, and terrestrial applications including low wind resistant booms, light weight antenna structures, and tether satellite structures (electrodynamic and moment tethers). SDC estimates that if the ACT system could be utilized in a production environment (either in space or on earth), ROIs of 10-100 could be realized.