Each week on “On A Mission,” Penny Kievet interviews people who are on a mission to impact their community. Today, she interviews Kevin DiMarzio from Made in Space.
Made In Space (MIS) is commercializing the outer space environment by developing innovative products and concepts that benefit life here on Earth. These products use the unique environment in outer space of microgravity and thermal vacuum to create components, systems, and satellites that cannot be made on Earth. MIS focuses on three key development areas: In-Space Manufacturing & Assembly, Space Enabled Manufacturing, and Exploration Manufacturing. Each of these areas have unique applications that are interdependent and have simultaneous developments across them.
The core of in-space manufacturing & assembly is a technology suite called Archinaut. The combination of MIS developed technologies using extended structure additive manufacturing, autonomous robotic assembly, and quality verification tools allows for one-of-a-kind satellites to be constructed and assembled on-orbit using robotics for designs that could previously not be achieved. In early 2018, MIS manufactured a 37.7 meter long beam in California which currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “printed non-assembled piece.” This type of additive manufacturing in microgravity is only limited by the amount of material that is brought with the satellite and depicts how large structures can be generated in space that were previously limited by the size of a rocket faring.
Penny Kievet is no stranger to the non-profit world having spent her entire professional career as a teacher, principal, college professor, trainer and executive with the American Management Association and now the Executive Director at City Rescue Mission. Prior to her move to Florida Penny lived and worked in Heidelberg, GR, Kansas City, MO, West Des Moines, IA and New York, NY, Kievet has served on 26 for-profit and non-profit boards as director and Board Chair and has also held local, state and national offices in numerous professional organizations and currently serves on the board of Feeding Northeast Florida, Safe To Hope, Inc. and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions national board. Some of her recent awards include: Girls Inc. Woman of Vision, The Jacksonville Business Journal’s Woman of Influence Award, 2000 Most Notable Women in the United States, Who’s Who VIP Professional, National President of Pi Kappa Delta, 100 Top Female Executives in the Southeast , National President Cross Examination Debate Association, Outstanding Women in the Mid-west, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and numerous sales achievement awards.