Josh Western and Andrew Bacon set up their company Space Forge last year, they started off in a garage with not much else. Today, the two Cardiff-based entrepreneurs have a staff of 25 and are now planning further expansion after raising £7.6m of international seed-funding.
The financing should allow the company to start a remarkable aerospace endeavor: deploying satellites in which new alloys, medicines and semiconductors can be manufactured in outer space and then brought back to Earth. The first missions are planned for the end of 2022.
“Earth is a wonderful place to live on but terrible for manufacturing so many things,” said Western. “You have to fight gravity and the dense atmosphere while trying not to cause pollution. But in space you have no gravity to interfere with the mixing of materials, while you have a pure vacuum and no atmospheric pollution. And you also turn your instruments … Read more