3D printing specialist Swissto12 said Nov. 7 it has sold its first small satellite to Intelsat for a launch to geostationary orbit in 2025.
Switzerland-based additive manufacturing specialist Swissto12 announced plans Sept. 8 to collaborate with Saturn Satellite Networks, a U.S. firm focused on small geostationary satellite missions, to market small geostationary telecommunications satellite missions.
CAES, the former electronics unit of British defense and aerospace contractor Cobham, has forged an alliance to bring Swiss 3D-printed satellite RF technology to the U.S. market.
SWISSto12 is working with Thales Alenia Space to expand the use of additively manufactured parts for geostationary communications satellites.
“As a part of the New Space industry I see no reason why I am replacing my laptop every two years but a satellite is replaced every six years,” said Raz Itzhaki, NSLComm CEO and co-founder. “We constantly improve, launch test, improve launch test.”
Swissto12, a European telecommunications component company, raised 18.1 million Swiss francs ($18.44 million), established a U.S. offices and signed an agreement with Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems to offer miniature satellites for geostationary orbit.