In the space market, there is an increasing demand for small satellites. In the upcoming years several thousands of these ‘smallsats’ must find their way into Earth orbit. To meet ramp-up demands and to build a solid future-proof business, smallsat manufacturers must look into new and innovative ways to develop satellites and launchers and prepare their production lines for the long-term. But, where to start?
Airborne is a well-known composites parts manufacturer for satellites. But did you know we are also ramping up business models for the micro-launcher market? Our team is looking forward to discussing your opportunities. Reach out to see how automation and digitalisation can ramp-up your production scheme.
The Space & NewSpace market requires disruptive solutions in terms of material use, price levels, production capacity and reliability. The increased demand for small satellites and launchers is pushing the market towards the capabilities of advanced composites. Through digitalised automation and applying different production technologies we support our customers with the manufacturing of high quality, affordable composite spacecraft structures and components. Such as:
As Airborne we participated in the SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe (SMILE) project. A European Commission Horizon 2020 project aimed at developing critical technologies to make dedicated launchers to launch small satellites. In 2018 we completed our contribution: automating the production of the SMILE demonstrator with our Automated Laminating Cell.
In the space market, there is an increasing demand for small satellites: in the next decade many thousands of these smallsats must find their way into Earth orbit. But without access to launch, how can newspace companies get their smallsats to space and meet demand? Commercial space (or ‘newspace’) companies are increasingly looking for ways to produce cheap and marketfriendly products at a fast speed. They answer lies in automation.
Automating the production process does not only help speeding up production and meeting ramp-up targets, it will also help you in preparing to overcome other future challenges. Our point of view provides you with insights how to take these steps and make the right decisions for your business.
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Our Automated Laminating Cell is a multifunctional system that combines robotised tape laying, laminate cutting and pick & place.
Automated Kitting is affordable, flexible and very easy to use. It is one of our building blocks for automation of composites and already fully digital.
By automating Pick and Place we help enable our clients to be more competitive by saving time and reducing costs.
Our Automated Honeycomb Potting system automatically applies potting material for local reinforcements in honeycomb sandwich panels.