(9 February 2021 – Airbus) Radio frequency parts are on the coronary heart of each telecommunications satellite tv for pc, and such elements at the moment are being produced by Airbus in giant volumes with revolutionary Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) know-how – also called 3D printing – for its newest spacecraft: the Eurostar Neo-series relay platform.
A complete of 500 radio frequency (RF) parts, composed of multi-waveguide blocks and change meeting networks, have been 3D manufactured by Airbus Defence and House in Portsmouth, UK for 2 Eurostar Neo spacecraft that may be part of the in-orbit fleet of Eutelsat, a serious supplier of satellite tv for pc communications providers.
Eurostar Neo (courtesy: Airbus)
Environment friendly manufacturing utilizing ALM
These two satellites are known as Hotbirds. They are going to be launched in 2021 to strengthen and improve Eutelsat’s TV broadcasting providers over Europe, the Center East, and North Africa.
Utilising 3D printing for the Hotbirds supplies main labour financial savings and considerably reduces the variety of particular person required elements, in accordance with Gareth Penlington, the Hotbird Payload Supervisor at Airbus.
“That is recognised as the primary large-scale deployment of RF merchandise utilizing the ALM course of, and it places us in an industry-leading place for the know-how’s software in producing radio frequency parts.” Gareth Penlington, Hotbird Payload Supervisor
Airbus’ manufacturing staff in Portsmouth developed revolutionary designs for the Eurostar Neo’s multi-waveguide blocks and change meeting networks to be 3D printed, taking them from preliminary idea and patenting by means of industrialisation and the completion of a profitable qualification programme.
“That is recognised as the primary large-scale deployment of RF merchandise utilizing the ALM course of, and it places us in an industry-leading place for the know-how’s software in producing radio frequency parts,” Penlington stated.
The no. 1 Hotbird satellite tv for pc’s communications module was transferred earlier this month from Portsmouth to the Airbus Defence and House facility in Toulouse, France, the place the spacecraft’s full build-up shall be accomplished. Meeting of the second Hotbird communications module is now underway in Portsmouth, with its testing to start in February.