SWISSto12 & CAES to develop AM phased array antennas for Lockheed Martin Space

March 23, 2022

SWISSto12 additively manufactures a wide range of antenna and radio frequency system products (Courtesy SWISSto12)

SWISSto12, a provider of additively manufactured antenna and radio frequency (RF) system products headquartered in Renens, Switzerland, and its partner CAES (Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions), Arlington, Virginia, USA, have been selected by Lockheed Martin Space business to develop additively manufactured phased array antennas for upcoming satellite missions.

SWISSto12’s expertise, product and patent portfolio combined with CAES design engineering, manufacturing, and test enable uniquely designed RF products and subsystems that meet challenging size, weight, and performance requirements. Initial development will be conducted at SWISSto12’s headquarters and the additively manufactured 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,” commented Dr Emile de Rijk, founder and CEO of SWISSto12. “There is tremendous opportunity offered by our 3D printed antenna technology to help upcoming satellite missions optimise their performance and throughput while enhancing their coverage flexibility. 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.”

SWISSto12 is a leading developer of advanced engineered RF products for telecommunications, EW and radar applications in the aerospace industry. The company’s patented Additive Manufacturing technologies and associated product designs are unique to deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF products and sub-systems.

CAES specialises in advanced electronics for military and aerospace systems. It is reported to be the largest provider of mixed-signal and radiation-hardened technology to the United States aerospace and defence industry, delivering high-reliability RF, microwave and millimetre wave, microelectronic and digital solutions.

David Young, Chief Technology Officer, CAES, stated, “For decades, CAES has developed and manufactured a variety of antennas, RF subsystems and microelectronics for Lockheed Martin’s space missions. 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.”

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

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