tooling, precision enable composites in satellite subsystems

MDA’s Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, location designs composites-intensive satellite antenna subsystems for the company’s various satellite designs. To build these subsystems, which include the reflector dishes themselves and various other composite parts, Steven Payette, composites manufacturing engineer for MDA Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, says the company uses “a building block style” approach.

The work at MDA’s Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue facility focuses largely on engineering and design. MDA designs 3D models for each antenna, engineers the parts and designs the tooling. Most of the composite parts are produced out-of-house with industry partner STELIA North America (Mirabel, Quebec, Canada), which manufactures the composite parts for the satellites. “So what we’ll get from STELIA is a flat panel with a bunch of strange shapes cut out of it,” Payette explains (see photo, above). “STELIA will machine through the laminate and leave the core in place, and we’ll cut out the pieces — almost like a model airplane, where all the parts come on a plastic rack and you’ve got to cut them out.”

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