Canadian AM Satellite Launches with SpaceXAugust 6, 2018
A new 3D-printed space satellite was recently launched aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 with the purpose of providing high-speed Internet for Northern Canada, South America, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic.
Built specifically for Canadian satellite communications company Telstar, this latest satellite, the Telstar 19 Vantage marks a milestone for Californian spacecraft systems manufacturer SSL as its 50th communications satellite. Designed to provide accurate service for bandwidth heavy applications, the satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in FL.Two-hundred additively manufactured (AM) titanium and polymer components were used to help produce the Vantage. The use of AM ultimately allowed the Telstar 19 to have less than half the mass of a traditional composite panel structure and reduced the required assembly time.
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