CubeSat and Small Satellite Manufacturing - NanoAvionics

CubeSat and Small Satellite Manufacturing

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  • 2024-01-16

The manufacturing phase in CubeSat and small satellite production involves bringing all the building blocks of a satellite to life. Skilled technicians and engineers, with the help of automated machines, carve out and assemble each subsystem, following precise manufacturing procedures and guidelines. This also includes rigorous testing and verification to ensure each component and subsystem in CubeSats and small satellites meets the specified performance requirements and standards.

Production and Test Facility Design and Construction for CubeSats and Small Satellites

All four of our production and test facilities in Lithuania and the US provide the requisite infrastructure and controlled environments needed for efficient CubeSat and small satellite production and testing. This includes adequate workspace, ergonomic layouts, and specialized equipment tailored for CubeSat and small satellite manufacturing.

Cleanroom Installation and ISO Certification in CubeSat and Small Satellite Factories

Cleanrooms are the centerpiece of our CubeSat and small satellite factories, providing contaminant-free environments crucial for assembling sensitive components and subsystems. ISO certification ensures our cleanroom facilities meet the necessary standards with carefully selected and installed filtration systems, controlled airflows, temperatures, and humidity levels, specifically designed for CubeSat and small satellite assembly.

Vertical Integration in CubeSat and Small Satellite Production

Vertical integration refers to the degree of control a manufacturer has over the various stages of CubeSat and small satellite production. As a highly vertically integrated company, we design and manufacture up to 80% of our CubeSat and small satellite subsystems in-house. This reduces our reliance on external suppliers, facilitates better control over quality, production schedules, and cost management so we can streamline our CubeSat and small satellite manufacturing.

Process Development, Optimization, and Documentation in CubeSat and Small Satellite Manufacturing

Developing and optimizing manufacturing processes is an ongoing endeavor in our CubeSat and small satellite manufacturing. We constantly strive to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance quality by refining and documenting our production procedures. This approach ensures that manufacturing remains dynamic and adaptable to technological advancements and changing market demands in the CubeSat and small satellite sector.

In-house and Third-party Quality Control in CubeSat and Small Satellite Production

The manufacturing stage includes in-house and third-party quality control processes to verify adherence to our specifications and standards in CubeSat and small satellite production.

Comprehensive testing and inspections throughout the manufacturing process identify potential defects or anomalies in CubeSats and small satellites. As the demand for satellites and their capabilities continues to grow, the scope for quality control in satellite manufacturing will only increase. The ability to navigate and master the various stages and disciplines involved here is vital for companies operating in this space, no pun intended.