CAES, which was overseeing the electronic department dealing with the defense and aerospace operations, has penned a contract that will facilitate the production of Swiss 3D printed satellite RF technology and its supply into the US market. This company’s branch called Arlington was offering electronic solutions under the name Cobham. The executives chose to partner with the Switzerland-based additive manufacturing expert Swissto12 to meet the US government and commercial customers’ needs. This move has initiated the exploration of this technology in the US after Advent International procured the parent company with this technology for about $5 billion in 2020.

The chief technologist of CAES, David Young, plans to utilize this technology’s monopoly nature to meet the increasing demand for their operations by trusted customers like the Department of Defense. Young came into the company early this year after being the vice president of Lockheed Martin’s space division under the advanced program unit. Various mega satellite developers are switching to either this technology or additive production to propel mass development, minimize expenses and scale up the performance. The aggressive mode of this manufacturing procedure allows engineers to establish the designs, try them, and then infuse them into the systems’ mechanical layout.

Nevertheless, another company that has tried to venture into this technology is Relativity Space through its 3D-printed rockets imitating this technology. This company did its best to bring the technology to light, although it utilized simple structures that are not reliable. Swissto12 proved that it could advance this technology by making adjustments over the years and came up with the best that the industry has ever witnessed. Young explained that they managed to make these changes with the RF components and fix the technical challenges that Relativity Space couldn’t integrate effectively. He pointed out that their ramifications were to solve issues like inaccuracies emerging from the RF signals surrounding the 3D-printed products. This move has also minimized the losses that would have emerged due to slow manufacturing processes.

Swissto12 has already sent over 100 products in space on the in-orbit satellites to determine the efficiency of optimized end-to-end 3D printing solutions. One of the satellites hosting such a kind of technology is the Eutelsat Konnect satellite manufactured by Thales Alenia Space. Other satellites with the technology are from Inmarsat and NSLComm of Israel. Young explained that they adopted the technology to minimize the cost for traditional methods that were offering close to the same satisfaction.

By Adam

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