Boeing is touting the use of 3-D printing in its latest all-electric satellite, the SES-15, which was launched this week that will be used by airlines to bring Wi-Fi connectivity over North America, Mexico and Central America.
The 702-model satellite contains more than 50 3-D printed metallic parts as part of the vehicle’s primary structure. It is the fifth Boeing satellite to be deployed that features an all-electric propulsion system.
“With its all-electric propulsion, and inclusion of 3-D printed hardware, SES-15 is a great example of how we can create efficient and cost-effective products rapidly for customers,” says Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “In fact, SES-15 was designed, built, tested and delivered to the launch site ahead of schedule.”
The satellite will also serve the government, enterprise and maritime sectors.
SES-15 has a hybrid payload, including Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band high throughput satellite (HTS) capability with connectivity to gateways in the Ka-band. The satellite also carries a wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) hosted payload for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to help with future safety efforts.