Featured Speaker at Satellite 2019

April 15, 2019

Miniaturizing Satellite Antennas with Metal 3D Printing

Optisys announces that Michael Hollenbeck, Chief Technology Officer, will be a featured speaker at the Satellite 2019 conference on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. https://2019.satshow.com/speakers-gallery/

Mr. Hollenbeck will be describing how Optisys harnesses the power of the fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing to design and print highly integrated metal antenna structures that achieve the lightest weight and smallest volume physically possible. Metal 3D Printing is a disruptive technology that promises to significantly reduce the size and weight of critical satellite components which will bring increased capability at a faster pace to the burgeoning satellite industry and allow for capabilities on small satellites that are not possible using traditional fabrication and design methods.


Optisys’ focus is on the design, manufacturing, and testing of antennas and antenna systems for satellite, UAV, commercial aircraft, tactical, and consumer telecommunication applications.  Optisys will be exhibiting in booth 1825 during Satellite 2019.  Visit and view the smallest, lightest functional antennas in the industry.



About Michael Hollenbeck

Michael Hollenbeck has over a decade of experience designing antenna and RF components for high performance antenna systems. At Optisys, he designs cutting edge antennas and RF components using metal additive manufacturing and provides technical direction for the company. Mr. Hollenbeck has led numerous projects, including design and simulation of complex RF components such as waveguide, antennas, arrays, and filters to critical success. He has worked on iterative designs to produce RF products in the 1-100 GHz (3-300 mm) ranges.



About Metal 3D Printing

Metal 3D printing (aka Metal Additive Manufacturing) is a major component of the fourth industrial revolution. This disruptive fabrication method allows for high performance all-metal antennas and RF assemblies, a critical part of any satellite, to be reduced to their minimum size and weight. Metal waveguide RF structures have the lowest loss and are the ideal choice for a high-performance satellite antenna. Metal 3D printing allows for highly complex parts to be interwoven in a single solid structure and printed repeatedly with overall reduced size, weight, and cost. This presentation will cover how Metal 3D printing will usher in an era of mass customization, where the constrained volume remaining in a satellite can be filled with a unique high-performance antenna that conforms to the space around it and provides a lower loss, higher performance solution than any competing alternative.



About Optisys

Optisys combines RF design and additive manufacturing techniques to create high frequency, high-performance antennas in compact, lightweight structures. The Company designs, manufactures, and tests highly integrated antenna structures that achieve the lightest weight and smallest volume physically possibly by printing metal only where absolutely required.  Optisys’ designs include single-band parabolic antennas, passive or active low-profile arrays, and multi-band solutions – including filters, switches, and tracking networks. The antenna systems are designed for satellite, aircraft, and tactical applications.   



About Satellite 2019

Satellite 2019 is a global conference and trade show showcasing cutting-edge technologies, the hottest products, and next generation applications for buyers from the enterprise, finance, media, military & government, telecommunications, and transportation sectors.  Connectivity & aerospace rock stars with brilliant minds lead discussions on the future of satellite connectivity and how the landscape is changing the world.




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