3D printing saving satellite builders time and money

WASHINGTON — Satellite manufacturers are turning increasingly to additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to design and build spacecraft.

Space Systems Loral announced March 7 that its most complex additively manufactured part, an antenna tower with 37 printed titanium nodes and more than 80 graphite struts, is performing as intended in orbit on SKY Perfect JSAT’s JCSAT-110A satellite launched in December.

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