Friday, February 7, 2014

Star Trek Replicators - Fiction Becoming Fact

Food and materials replicators in our lifetime? If the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has its way, and it is looking more and more like its space programs will, those replicators from the USS Enterprise on Star Trek will soon become a reality of everyday life for astronauts living on the International Space Station and future long distance travelers in space.

With the advent of 3D-printing new technologies are now being created that will allow those printers to take the next step in processing and actually produce food products in a matter of minutes. As the science further develops those minutes will be replaced by seconds.

The process comes from Systems & Materials Research Consultancy (SMRC), a company located in Austin, Texas and founded by wiz-kid mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor.

NASA sees Contractor’s replicating device as a means to feed future space travelers and planetary colonists.

Just as the microwave oven has become a fixture in every home the SMRC Replicator may become just as commonplace within our lifetime.

Replicated pizza anyone? Or perhaps “Earl Grey — hot.”

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