Ibadan, 2 February 2024. – Redwire Corporation has announced the strategic expansion of its in-space manufacturing technology portfolio with the first pathfinder mission for its autonomous semiconductor manufacturing platform, MSTIC. MSTIC launched to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard Northrop Grumman’s 20th cargo resupply services mission (NG-20) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida
Redwire developed the MSTIC payload in partnership with the ISS National Laboratory and through NASA’s In Space Production Applications Flight Demonstrations program, which focuses on ensuring U.S. leadership of in-space manufacturing to demonstrate the production of advanced materials and products for terrestrial markets.
MSTIC will be the latest addition to Redwire’s portfolio of space biotech and in-space manufacturing capabilities. Furthermore, the Company plans to open a 30,000-square-foot microgravity payload development facility and mission operations center in Floyd County, Indiana, to support increased production of critical technologies for human spaceflight missions and commercial microgravity research and development in LEO.
Speaking on the semiconductor ecosystem, John Vellinger, President of Redwire’s In-Space Industries, said, “We are strategically expanding our space manufacturing capabilities to reach new markets and drive innovation that could support U.S. leadership in the global semiconductor ecosystem. This pathfinder mission represents an exciting step to validate space-based manufacturing processes that could deliver superior components beyond what is capable on Earth, which could have a real impact on semiconductor supply chains.”
According to Redwire, the global semiconductor market was valued at over $600 billion in 2022, with experts forecasting that the market will reach over $1 trillion by 2030. Current challenges within the semiconductor supply chain, including geopolitical risk and complex manufacturing processes consequently present an opportunity for innovation and increasing domestic production.