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Spinoff Glass

Space glass cracks earthly limits.

Interesting article on experiments in glassmaking in space, and the potential applications for the resulting extremely-high-purity and exotic materials thus produced.

Sounds like a good candidate for space-based manufacturing, given the market for such material (specifically, the near-zero-loss optical fibers). The big questions would be whether the market would really be big enough to offset the capitalization and transportation costs, and whether, by the time the orbiting fiber factory came on-line, someone might have found a one-gee alternative manufacturing process.

If the materials are desirable enough, and can only be made in space, and the cost of space access can be brought down, space commercialization might have a winner here. The planets continue to align…

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