• PT Youtube
  • CW Facebook
  • CW Linkedin
  • CW Twitter

Airborne to manufacture solar array panels for Galileo satellites

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

Airborne Aerospace has been awarded a contract to manufacture substrate panels for the solar arrays of 12 new Galileo FOC satellites.

Airborne Aerospace (The Hague, Netherlands) announced March 22 it has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands (Airbus DS NL, Ottobrunn, Germany) to manufacture 48 substrate panels, which consist of high-performance carbon composite materials, for the solar arrays of 12 new Galileo FOC satellites.

The contract, carried out under a programme of the European Union, is the latest result of years of successful collaboration between the two Dutch companies to power the Galileo constellation. To date, Airborne delivered 88 panels to Airbus DS NL, which has also been prime contractor for the solar arrays of the 22 Galileo satellites already built. Currently, 18 of these Galileo satellites are operational in orbit.

The new batch of twelve satellites is planned to be launched from 2020 to 2023. The Galileo program is funded by the European Committee and procured by ESA.




  • Tooling

    Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in electing and making tools.

  • Composites 101: Fibers and resins

    Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. 

  • Boeing 787 Update

    Approaching rollout and first flight, the 787 relies on innovations in composite materials and processes to hit its targets

Related Topics