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Swissto12 and Thales Alenia Space turn to 3D printing for communications satellite parts

Swissto12 and Thales Alenia Space turn to 3D printing for communications satellite parts

Written by David

October 2, 2020

Swissto12, a Lausanne, Switzerland, telecommunications component startup, has worked for years to design, manufacture and test waveguide signal interconnects for Thales Alenia Space communications satellites.

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Thales Alenia Space plans to install the 3D-printed waveguide signal interconnects on a Eutelsat Konnect Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) scheduled to launch in 2021. Swissto12 announced delivery Sept. 30 to Thales Alenia Space of a large batch of the 3D printed waveguides.

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Through its work with Thales Alenia Space, Swissto12 hopes to gain flight heritage for its additively manufactured parts as well as credibility among geostationary communications satellite manufacturers, Swissto12 CEO Emile de Rijk told SpaceNews. De Rijk also is optimistic Thales Alenia Space and other satellite manufacturers will install […]

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