New type of energy storage system, aerospace materials, etc.
With its exhibited sports bra, the ITA shows a newly developed innovative process for the highly productive manufacturing of 3-dimensional knitted fabrics on large circular knitting machines without additional separating and joining steps. Large circular knitting is significantly faster and more efficient than flat knitting which was previously used. The garments (here a sports bra) can be tailored seamlessly and individually to size in a single step and are thus an example of a store-factory approach, i.e. customer-specific just-in-time production in a specialist shop on site. This new process is patented and forms the basis for licensing this technology to new business areas and other industries.
Many nations are toying with the idea of setting up a lunar station and to use the moon as a source of raw materials, a research site, a stepping stone into the solar system and a tourist destination. But the transport of the material for a lunar station is very costly: to bring material from the earth to the moon costs up to €1 million/kg €. For a lunar station, at least 450 tons are needed. The ITA's solution: produce directly on the moon. A lot of moon rock is very similar to basalt. The ITA has already developed a production process to spin mineral fibers based on lunar rock. Within MoonFibre, the ITA uses this experience for the production of fibers for the reinforcement of 3-dimensional structures on the basis of moon rock and produces the fibers for the construction of the moon station directly on site. This approach is supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) funded by Crowd-Funding.