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Rocket Lab helping Nasa 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit

New Zealand is set to play a part in the future of spacecraft building, by helping Nasa to 3D-print parts in space.

The US space agency will launch experimental spacecraft Archinaut One from Rocket Lab's Mahia Peninsula base.

Once in orbit, Archinaut will 3D-print two 10-metre-long beams out from either side of its body, which will then unfurl two massive solar panels.

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