Development of Additive Manufactured Antennas

8 March 2016

SWISSto12 awarded funding from the European Space Agency to collaborate with Cobham Antenna Systems on development of additive manufactured antennas.

SWISSto12 has been awarded funding from the European Space Agency’s ARTES program to develop and test additive manufactured satellite user antennas (i.e. user terminal front ends). Cobham Antenna Systems joins the project with in kind contributions and is exploring, with SWISSto12, how additive manufactured antennas could fit into its future product portfolio.

The use of additive manufacturing for satellite user antennas is of particular interest for emerging high data throughput satellite telecommunication services in Ku and Ka bands where traditional user antennas are currently complex and costly to produce. This collaborative project aims at showing significant weight and cost reduction for Ku or Ka band satellite user antennas. This improvement will contribute to larger scale market penetration of high data rate satellite connectivity services.

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