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Swissto12 and Thales Alenia Area flip to 3D printing for communications satellite tv for pc components

SAN FRANCISCO — SWISSto12 is working with Thales Alenia Area to increase using additively manufactured components for geostationary communications satellites.

Swissto12, a Lausanne, Switzerland, telecommunications element startup, has labored for years to design, manufacture and take a look at waveguide sign interconnects for Thales Alenia Area communications satellites. Thales Alenia Area plans to put in the 3D-printed waveguide sign interconnects on a Eutelsat Konnect Very Excessive Throughput Satellite tv for pc (VHTS) scheduled to launch in 2021.

Swissto12 introduced supply Sept. 30 to Thales Alenia Area of a giant batch of the 3D printed waveguides.

By its work with Thales Alenia Area, Swissto12 hopes to realize flight heritage for its additively manufactured components in addition to credibility amongst geostationary communications satellite tv for pc producers, Swissto12 CEO Emile de Rijk instructed SpaceNews.

De Rijk is also optimistic Thales Alenia Area and different satellite tv for pc producers will set up extra additively manufactured components in satellites destined for low and medium Earth orbit.

SWISSto12 built-in a number of waveguide sign interconnects into modules for Eutelsat Konnect VHTS.

“It saves weight, it saves prices and it saves quantity onboard the satellites as a result of by conventional manufacturing you can not pack them as densely,” de Rijk stated. “Inevitably, it additionally improves efficiency. It’s a couple of tens of decibels on each line. However if you happen to do that on 500 strains, you assist considerably the hyperlink price range of the satellite tv for pc.”

Thales Alenia Area constructed the all-electric Eutelsat Konnect satellite tv for pc launched in January 2020. Thales Alenia Area is also manufacturing Konnect VHTS, a Ka-band satellite tv for pc to supply European mounted broadband and in-flight connectivity service.

In 2019, Swissto12 raised 18.1 million Swiss francs ($18.44 million), established a U.S. places of work and introduced plans to work with Tyvak Nano-Satellite tv for pc Techniques to assist geostationary satellite tv for pc clients.

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