3D printed parts help Airbus-built EUTELSAT 172B break electric orbit record

3D printed parts help Airbus-built EUTELSAT 172B break electric orbit record

The EUTELSAT 172B satellite, built by Airbus for French satellite operator Eutelsat, has reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising. The satellite contains 3D printed parts. Launched from Kourou in French t on 1 June, the EUTELSAT 172B is impressive by virtue of its record-breaking status. But it’s also pretty exciting in other ways: robotic arms and 3D printing techniques were both used in the construction of the 172B, making it as futuristic as it is speedy. “With our system design, operation strategy, and the plasma thruster technology we implement, we have completed […]

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