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Lockheed Martin Space partners with SWISSto12 and CAES

For the development of advanced 3D printed phased array antennas

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SWISSto12, a leading developer of advanced engineered radio frequency (RF) products for telecommunications, EW and radar applications in the aerospace industry, and their US-based partner, CAES, have been selected by Lockheed Martin Space business to develop advanced, 3D printed, phased array antennas for upcoming satellite missions.

SWISSto12 and CAES have partnered to bring additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology to the United States aerospace and defense manufacturers. The company’s expertise, product and patent portfolio combined with CAES design engineering, manufacturing, and test, enables uniquely designed RF products and subsystems that meet challenging size, weight, and performance requirements.

With initial development conducted at SWISSto12’s headquarters in Switzerland, these 3D printed Phased Array Antennas will be manufactured by CAES’ new additive manufacturing laboratory in Exeter, New Hampshire.

“We look forward to this developing collaboration with Lockheed Martin, a global technology leader in aerospace, space and security. There is tremendous opportunity offered by our 3D printed antenna technology to help upcoming satellite missions optimize their performance and throughput while enhancing their coverage flexibility,” said Dr. Emile de Rijk, Founder and CEO of SWISSto12. “We are grateful for the trust Lockheed Martin places in SWISSto12 and CAES to embark onto this development which has long-term strategic value to both our companies.”

Lockheed Martin Space partners with SWISSto12 and CAES. For the development of advanced 3D printed phased array antennas.
CAES Antenna Horn Arrays. Source: CAES

“For decades, CAES has developed and manufactured a variety of antennas, RF subsystems and microelectronics for Lockheed Martin’s space missions,” said David Young, Chief Technology Officer, CAES. “Together with our partner SWISSto12, we are thrilled to collaborate once again to usher in a new wave of pioneering advanced electronic solutions based on additive manufacturing technologies.”

“SWISSto12 and CAES provide a strong mix of innovative technical solutions and skilled talent,” said Kyle Griffin, vice president of Lockheed Martin Space’s Advanced Program Development group. “We look forward to strengthening this relationship as we build solutions for increasingly complex challenges in space.”

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