Burloak and MDA partner on Additive Manufacturing for satellite antennae

June 28, 2020

Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and MDA, which operates from locations in Canada and the United Kingdom, have announced a five-year agreement to partner on the Additive Manufacturing of parts and components for space-bound satellite antennae.

Under the terms of the agreement, Burloak and MDA will collaborate to optimise the design and manufacturability of a range of antenna technologies. The joint efforts accomplished to date by MDA and Burloak have led to an increased acceptance of additively manufactured parts for the harsh space environment, an outcome that is expected to yield significant benefits to both partners.  

“With challenging technological needs, it’s important that we find the right partner to help us fully leverage the potential of Additive Manufacturing for space applications. We’re confident Burloak Technologies is the ideal supplier to continue supporting our efforts,” stated Mike Greenley, Chief Executive Officer of MDA. “This collaboration is a perfect example of partnerships that MDA develops under its LaunchPad program.”

“Over the last two years we have worked closely with MDA’s Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue business to apply and evolve Additive Manufacturing to their product offerings,” commented Colin Osborne, Samuel’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This collaboration has allowed us to optimise antenna designs in terms of size, mass and performance to create a new set of possibilities for the industry.”

MDA specialises in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennae and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. AM specialist Burloak Technologies provides engineering and design services for AM, materials development, high-precision CNC machining, post-processing and metrology. 



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