SWISSto12 to 3D Print Space Qualified Metal Patch Antennas for Fleet Space Satellites

SWISSto12 has been selected by Fleet Space Technologies, an Australian Nanosatellite Manufacturer, to deliver the first ever additively manufactured all-metal patch antennas for Fleet Space’s C4 and C5 satellites.

The contract will include the manufacturing with SWISSto12’s patented and space qualified additive manufacturing processes specially optimized for RF applications. Fleet Space has chosen SWISSto12 because of its impressive heritage of 3D printing RF products in the Space and Defense Industry. SWISSto12’s manufacturing approach of an all-metal patch antenna system breaks with traditional materials and manufacturing approaches and enhances electrical performance and mechanical integrity.

This milestone builds upon the product portfolio strategy of SWISSto12 in the nanosatellite market, where it has worked both on innovative and high value products in collaboration with customers such as FleetSpace, but also on its own product portfolio of filters and antennas to cover the needs of nanosatellites that typically operate payloads in L, S, and X bands and require affordable filters and antennas with a small form factor, low weight and unsacrificed performance.

SWISSto12 is excited to collaborate with Fleet Space to deliver the antennas for the powerful communication nanosatellite in LEO with each nanosatellite having the capacity to connect to tens of thousands of gateways.

Fleet Space CEO Flavia Tata Nardini says “I have been working and launching nanosatellites for more than 10 years now and I have never been so excited by a technological breakthrough such as this latest generation of the payload. This and the new 3D printed antennas that my amazing team have built at Fleet Space. We can finally demonstrate how powerful nanosatellites can be in the communication world.”