In 2014, NASA made history by sending a design file to the International Space Station’s 3-D printer to print a ratchet wrench. “In less than a week, the ratchet was designed, approved by safety and other NASA reviewers, and the file was sent to space where the printer made the wrench in four hours.” said Niki Werkheiser.
Before this, NASA conducted more than 1,600 experiments. Various investigators, staff, engineers, and even students in more than 80 countries, worked together to send millions of commands from locations worldwide to station experiments.
“We wanted to work this just like we would for tools that the astronauts will 3-D print and use on the station,” explained Werkheiser. “This wrench will not be used in space, but what if it were a tool the crew needed? We are breaking new ground not only in the way we manufacture in space but also in the way we operate and approve space hardware that is built in space, rather than launched from Earth.”
The need to print tools on command is because it can take months or even years to get equipment to space, and for some missions, resupply from Earth may be impossible. “If you can transmit a file to the station as quickly as you can send an email, it opens up endless possibilities for all the types of things…” Werkheiser said.
We, too, have specific instructions sent to us not from the ground up, but from above. God has given us the bible as our manual to build and live a fulfilling life here on Earth. We need to download the information into our hearts and minds to use it effectively.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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