Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Earth Observation and Space Technology, February 2016.

The CEOI-ST, in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult, held a 1-day Challenge Workshop on “Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Earth Observation and Space Technology” at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, on 11th February 2016. The meeting explored recent developments in advanced manufacturing, and how these techniques apply to Earth observation instrumentation and space technology in general.  The full agenda is available here. The presentations from the workshop and the workshop report are now available.

The workshop considered the following topics:

  • What new techniques are available and should be considered for space engineering;
  • What engineering challenges could benefit from such techniques;
  • Approaches to miniaturisation, mass and power reduction, and cost saving;
  • Access to novel engineering facilities ;
  • Limitations and benefits of techniques;
  • Experiences from CEOI-ST projects

The workshop was open to all, and aimed at instrumentation and technology groups facing difficult engineering challenges, who may be considering non-traditional manufacturing techniques such as:

  • Additive Metal Layer Manufacturing and post processing;
  • Stereo lithography and component embedding;
  • Advanced machining;
  • Advanced materials

The presentations from the workshop are available by clicking through the links below:

Session 1:Introduction

Welcome from the CEOI-ST Director

Mick Johnson


 Session 2: Opportunities & Challenges with Advanced Manufacturing Advanced Manufacturing

Context for Advanced Manufacturing in Spacecraft

Rob Scott/Chris Brunskill

CEOI-ST & Satellite Applications Catapult

Introducing the High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Daniel Thompson

HVM Catapult/NCC

ESA Perspective on Advanced Manufacturing

Mikko Nikulainen

European Space Agency

An Introduction to Adapting Advanced Manufacturing Techniques to the Space Launch Market

Raymond J Davies

Machinists Inc

 Session 3: User Experiences and Issues with Advanced Manufacturing

Additive Layer Manufacturing Facilities & experiences at RAL

Mike Curtis-Rouse


Additive Manufacturing Applied to Cryocoolers for Space Applications

Martin Crook


Achieving the Unachievable – Vibration Measurement & Correlation on Lightweight Space Structures

Martin Cockrill

ASDEC & University of Leicester

AM for the Manufacture of Lightweight Optics

Berend Winter & David Walker

University College London & Glyndwr University

Advanced Instrumentation for Micro-Vibration Characterisation of Satellite Components

Dan Veal

National Physical Laboratory

 Session 4: User Experiences continued

Benefiting from LISA Pathfinder Technology: Precision Glue-Less Adhesion & Novel Position Sensor Architectures

Christian Killow

University of Glasgow

Additive Manufacturing for Propulsion Components

Ray Thompson

Airbus Defence and Space

Selective Laser Sintering & Post-Manufacturing Analysis for Spacecraft Propulsion

Angelo Grubisic

University of Southampton

SHIPSHAPE Project funded by Innovate UK: Net Shape Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) of Advanced Materials & Structures

Robin Young

Applied Materials Technology Limited

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016