Airbus “Anticipates Major Long-Term Benefits” from Smallsat Production Written 18 July 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports that Airbus anticipates long-term benefits and potential Pentagon contracts as the result of implementing a new high-volume automated production system for small satellites. According to Airbus Defence and Space CEO Dirk Hoke, production and quality control changes made as part of the company’s joint venture with OneWeb will position the company to produce affordable spacecraft using fewer workers than traditional production facilities. Hoke called the company’s commitment to product lightweight satellites primarily using automated manufacturing “a game-changer for us.” 
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