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S PACE TECH EXPO

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Space Strength

new developments are fueling the
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Faster satellite manufacturing processes have been a topic of
discussion in the past couple of years. With U.S. government
and satellite operators alike recently expressing their wish for
satellites to be designed and produced faster, the pressure on
manufacturers intensifies further. Martin Halliwell, CTO at
SES, mentioned in a presentation at Space Tech Expo Europe
in October 2017, that he is keen for the satellite manufacturing
time to be reduced to as little as 18 months. What are the recent
developments in this area and what will kick off soon?
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Automation: Getting Bigger
and Bolder
Boeing, RUAG and OneWeb Satellites are some of the organizations
that have taken automation into
their stride.
RUAG has automatized processes
in place, allowing it to manufacture 40
different types of satellites. The Switzerland and Florida based manufacturer uses roadmaps for its automated processes as well as robotics and
standardization. In February 2017, the
company implemented new technologies to implement lightweight solar
panels in satellites.
OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture


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