Special Issue on In-Space Manufacturing

Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering  

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In-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM) are of core interest to this call for scholarly work. ISAM is intended for operational resilience and habitation in space and advancing technologies for Earth and in space. Microgravity, abundant radiant energy, ultra-high vacuum, extreme temperatures, ores, and more are significant raw material resources for ISAM-delivered production. Applications for ISAM are in various key areas including biomanufacturing, pharma, semiconductors, mobility, agriculture and food, energy, communications, and more. Keeping space clean and free of waste from prior and ongoing missions is another in-situ resource for ISAM’s utilization. ISAM is powering Space 2.0 including commerce, security, and exploration objectives.

This is the world's first exclusive collection of papers on In-Space Manufacturing in the prestigious and peer-reviewed ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. It is aimed to form a valuable archival foundation as the field advances in decades to come, delivering trillions of dollars of economic opportunity and capability for in-space habitation. 

Topic Areas


  • Designs for ISAM
  • In-situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) and sustainability
  • Manufacturing processes: additive manufacturing, assembly, joining, casting, and machining, and other advanced materials
  • Digital manufacturing, robotics and autonomy
  • Manufacturing platforms and factories in space
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Semiconductor and microelectronics fabrication
  • Manufacturing and testing equipment for extra-terrestrial platforms
  • Education, standards and policies

Special Issue Publication Dates

Paper submission deadline: May 1, 2024
Initial review completed: August 1, 2024
Publication date: November 2024

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the journal through the ASME Journal ToolIf you already have an account, log in as an author and select Submit Paper. If you do not have an account, you can create one here
Once at the Paper Submittal page, select the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, and then select the Special Issue on In-Space Manufacturing.

Papers received after the deadline or papers not selected for the Special Issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue.

Guest Editors

Ajay P. Malshe, Purdue University, (amalshe@purdue.edu)

Rob Ambrose, Texas A&M University, (rambrose@exchange.tamu.edu)

Greg Autry, Arizona State University, (Greg.Autry@thunderbird.asu.edu)

Salil Bapat, Purdue University, (bapat0@purdue.edu)

Rose Hernandez, International Space Station (ISS), (rhernandez@issnationallab.org)

Joel Mozer, United States Space Force (USSF), (joel.mozer@spaceforce.mil)

Jana Stoudemire, Axiom Space, (jana@axiomspace.com)

John Vickers, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), (john.h.vickers@nasa.gov)

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