Redwire, Microsoft, and Marvel Team Up on STEM Initiative

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An eclectic group is teaming up to save the galaxy bring real-life space technology to students across the country.

Ahead of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie release Friday, Redwire ($RDW) announced yesterday that it’s partnering with Microsoft ($MSFT) and Marvel to 3D print a Microsoft Zune music player, like the one Star-Lord uses in the movie, in the ISS’ microgravity. 

Space goes mainstream: There’s not a lot that gets kids talking about space like a blockbuster action movie. To direct some of the excitement that goes along with a major Marvel release towards real-life space endeavors, Redwire is demoing 3D-printing a Zune in microgravity along with releasing educational materials about gravity and additive manufacturing.

“The American aerospace sector is facing an enemy far worse than Thanos; specifically, we’re in the midst of a workforce crisis,” Mike Gold, Redwire’s chief growth officer, told Payload via email. “The Marvel Studios brand generally, and the Guardians of the Galaxy in particular, are extraordinarily popular and provided Redwire with a singular opportunity to reach a vast and diverse array of students with our STEM message.”

The specifics: Redwire plans to use its ISS-based Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), which is usually used to pump out spare pieces for the space station, to build the Zune out of the same plastic material used to make Legos. 

“The Zune will also be brought back down to Earth and will be part of an upcoming public engagement activity where it will continue its mission of educating students on the importance of manufacturing in space,” Gold said.