Space, Manufacturing, and Everything In-Between How Hadrian Automation is Doing it All

Today’s infrastructure is primarily developed by some of the most advanced technologies available in the market. Connectivity is the name of the game, and the investors of the future understand that to meet the rapid climb of demand for the newest technologies profound change must be taken to tackle the growing need for innovation coupled with the shrinking size of its respective workforce.

In a recent study by Deloitte, it’s become well-understood that there has been a steady decline in manufacturing jobs over the past several years. Despite the growing need for more manufacturing labour to fill the demand for different goods in the industry, whether it's for consumer or business requirements.

One company is aiming to fill this growing gap between supply and demand, and it’s utilizing both artificial intelligence and outer space to fulfill that. How these two exactly coincide is something that Hadrian Automation is betting on for the future.

Manufacturing in Space: The Next Frontier

With manufacturing being such a key pain point in the industry now, why would a company decide to take the entire process even further away from the businesses that would need them? But there are various benefits to shifting manufacturing towards the outer space environment.

Space itself presents interesting opportunities for manufacturing and product development due to its near-vacuum state, lower levels of gravity, and even increased levels of radiation.  These factors have interesting effects on the manufacturing of both organic and inorganic products as they greatly affect the environment in which these are made.

For organic materials, the near-vacuum state can affect how certain organic compounds react with each other, while lower levels of gravity can have similar effects due to internal “gravitational sensors”. Radiation plays an especially important part in organic compound manufacturing as it can affect organic cell growth, expression, and even morphology over an extended exposure period.

For inorganic materials, the near-vacuum state allows for a more controlled environment that keeps certain materials in their present form state and away from possible contamination. The lower levels of gravity play a larger role in this situation, allowing for easier manipulation of goods in “lighter gravity” where weight ceases to be as much of a factor.

What is Hadrian Automation?

Space presents a lot of opportunities for industries that manufacture highly precise, specific, or complex materials to leverage. However, space remains a hostile environment for humans to continuously engage in. All those benefits presented for manufacturing present hazardous environments for people to work with.

This is why Hadrian Automation, founded by current CEO Chris Power, is focusing on building the future through the development of infrastructure that can enable defence, space, tech, energy, and medical manufacturing. As part of their mission towards developing these items faster and cheaper, it's Hadrian Automation’s goal to ultimately secure the US stance in what they see as “Space Race II”, and secure a better foothold in the solar system.

How does the “First Principle” Philosophy Factor In?

Hadrian Automation didn’t arrive at this type of business alone but due to its adherence to a “first principle method” of operations. Through understanding the business means and factors of a given problem, Hadrian Automation actively begins reanalyzing what it knows about certain base assumptions companies make.

This means looking at the entire value chain of a manufacturing process and identifying the different root causes that may be causing the problem in the first place (a similar process can be found in “double loop learning”). From here, Hadrian Automation can then develop new understandings and solutions based on the deeper insight generated from this practice.

How Hadrian Automation Is Betting on the Future

With its focus on its first principle approach and its mission to bring production to outer space, Hadrian Automation has taken on an audacious goal of practically reinventing the mechanisms that come into precision manufacturing.

Smarter Aerospace Manufacturing

The first thing Hadrian Automation is doing to better its bet on the future of manufacturing is to reimagine where manufacturing should take place at. Through the development of various vertically-integrated advanced manufacturing facilities, Hadrian Automation is challenging the status quo and offering a new way to develop the key components that enable aerospace exploration.

It’s key that the materials enabling spaceflight, orbital communication, and more, are made in the same environment that is going to test it.

Increased Investment in Innovation

A recent development that had Hadrian Automation at the forefront of space manufacturing is the funding rounds that they had completed just this year. Their first round of funding was provided by funders Lux Capital, Founders Fund, and Construct Capital amounted to $9.5 million and was further enhanced by the second round of funding amounting to a staggering $90 million by similar asset groups.

Much of these investments have gone towards the development of new high-end factories that utilize custom robotics and artificial intelligence to build products faster and better than traditional methods. “We’ve launched Factory #1 and proven that we can produce space and defence parts 10 times faster and more efficiently than anybody else,” Chris Power continues in a news report on this investment.

Diversified Manufacturing Capabilities

An important value proposition that Hadrian Automation has for the industries is its ability to go beyond aerospace manufacturing and towards other advanced manufacturing requirements as well. Currently, they have the capabilities to begin developing bespoke components that can be integral to defence manufacturing as well.

And Hadrian Automation is looking to go beyond even that, targeting almost any company that needs the kind of custom advanced manufacturing that their software-enhanced systems can provide.

Key Takeaways

Hadrian Automation is one of the most exciting companies to enter the manufacturing space, bridging together the ideas of outer space production and artificial intelligence.

  • Manufacturing in space provides many different opportunities for advanced production requirements, contingent on its effects of lower gravity, higher radiation, and its near-vacuum environment.
  • Hadrian Automation is keen to take advantage of these aspects, as well as to leverage its internal method of “First Principle” thinking, which gives it a competitive edge in the space to tackle problems in a novel way.
  • Hadrian Automation is firmly planting its presence in the future of space manufacturing, acquiring key investments, and even diversifying its capabilities to soon fulfill more than just aerospace orders.

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Dec 13, 2022



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