THALES ALENIA SPACE TAKES 3D PRINTING INTO SERIES PRODUCTION FOR SATELLITES

3D Printing Industry | 3/22/2019 | Tia Vialva
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Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space is to use 3D printing in the series production of its satellites. Applied to the company’s Spacebus NEO platform, the first run of these additively manufactured components has already been integrated into a commercial satellite project for Eutelsat Communications, which is set to launch by the end of 2019.

Philippe Sicard, Satellite Quality Resident and Eutelsat Engineer, comments:

EUTELSAT - IS - NOW - FULLY - INVOLVED

“EUTELSAT IS NOW FULLY INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF 3D PRINTED SATELLITE PARTS AT ALL STAGES OF THE PROCESS, FROM DESIGN TO FINAL DELIVERY.”

“These parts are recognizable by their highly specific design. And to ensure the most stringent quality standards, the overall process and individual components are robustly traceable and we have set up a comprehensive testing and inspection process.”

Spacebus - NEO - Platform - Thales - Alenia

The Spacebus NEO platform at Thales Alenia Space is a line of all-electric geostationary telecommunications satellites. Its development is jointly supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and CNES, France’s National Centre for Space Studies.

The Eutelsat KONNECT is the first satellite to make use of the new Spacebus NEO platform. Made to provide faster broadband connection to areas of Western Europe and Africa, the KONNECT is still under construction. When completed it will be capable of handling payloads exceeding 1,400 kg, with over 16 kW of power.

Update - Program - Eutelsat - Coupling - KONNECT

In the most recent update on this program, Eutelsat confirmed the successful coupling of the KONNECT’s platform and its payload – a crucial step in the satellite’s...
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