The Future of In-Space Manufacturing and Recovery: Space Forge's Mission
Founded in 2018, Space Forge, a U.K.-based company, has developed the world’s only dedicated relaunchable supermaterials manufacturing satellite called Forge Star, with soft-descent and high-precision landing capabilities.
A soft landing can be achieved by ForgeStar through the utilization of a new heat shield and a water vehicle.
Space Forge has designed a new heat shield called 'Pridwen', which is large enough to dissipate heat generated during atmospheric events.
Constructed using a high-temperature alloy, the Pridwen is designed to fold during launch and uphold itself upon the spacecraft’s return to Earth.
Andrew Bacon, Space Forge’s co-founder and chief technology officer, has said that ablative heat shields are outdated technology.
Space Forge aims to distinguish itself from competitors by moving away from ablative heat shields.
The company has also developed an unscrewed water vehicle named 'Fielder' to catch and softly land the ForgeStar spacecraft.
The initial focus of Space Forge’s ForgeStar, a small-class vehicle with up to 6 months of deployable orbit time, will be the production of semiconductor, alloy, and biological materials.
With participation from other investors, including Space VC and Starbridge Venture Capital, a seed round of $10.2 million has been raised by Space Forge, led by Space Fund, Type One Venture, and World Fund.