Critical component solutions for developers and manufacturers

"Macfab offers 12+ years of experience working directly with satellite developers and manufacturers – and over 30 years of highly relevant experience with medical, scientific and technological applications" – Chris Macmorine, president

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DEVELOPMENT

PRODUCTION

FINISHING

CLEANING

ASSEMBLY

TESTING

Macfab works across the full spectrum of the space and satellite sector’s key areas of hardware development:

ADCS Instruments: We manufacture all types of mechanical components for ADCS applications, including rotors for reaction wheels and a range of components for sun sensors and star trackers

Structures: We provide structures machined from magnesium as well as composite honeycomb panels

Communication & Electronics: We produce a variety of housings and covers for mission-critical electronic components and subsystems

Sensors: Macfab manufactures components for numerous camera applications, not only for satellites but also for medical and scientific instruments, involving infrared sensors, hyperspectral imaging, and more

Propulsion: We can accommodate the component and subassembly requirements across the full range of today's propulsion technologies and system designs

Separation systems: We produce a variety of mechanical components and sub-assemblies, with particular expertise working with complex design, shapes, and virtually any material

Transferable technology, expertise and cross-platform innovation

In the space & satellite sector, advanced equipment from a range of science and engineering applications – optical systems, gas analyzers, mass spectrometers, ion mobility detectors, medical & microsurgical instruments – is finding its way onboard the latest satellites. Macfab has deep expertise in each of these technologies and industry sectors, based on over 30 years experience working with the world's leading instrument developers and manufacturers.

For our customers in the space sector, where every mission is critical and every detail counts, that level of experience can make all the difference in meeting their development and production requirements:

• Tight tolerances – to the micron level

• Complexity of design

• Materials machinability, certifications

• Cleanliness

• Stringent inspection criteria

 

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VIDEO: Cube satellites at Aalborg University: At Aalborg University’s Institute of Electronic Systems, engineering students apply theoretical concepts, solve real-world problems, and get to fly their own cube satellites. Watch the video

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Conquering the challenges of space flight, one system, one micro-assembly, at a time: Macfab’s 10-plus years history with UTIAS:   Based on an interview with Charles Day, Macfab’s manager of research and development, this article describes the evolution of Macfab’s work with the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies. View story