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R-L: Richard Tuffill - CFO SA Catapult, Adam Arnold - Vice President Optisys UK, Nafeesa Dajda - Director of National Capability, SA Catapult.


  • Optisys expands UK footprint by joining Satellite Applications Catapult’s shared Co-space facility in the Electron Building, Harwell.

  • Harwell is a hub UK of space companies with over 200 based there.

  • The new locations allows Optisys to better serve and become more integrated in UK and European Space activities.


Salt Lake City, USA, and London, UK [21 July 2022]: Optisys are pleased to announce they have expanded their UK operation by joining the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Co-space facility in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK.


The Harwell site is home to more than 200 companies dedicated to furthering the utilisation of space for all manner of applications including communications, Earth Observation, and outer space exploration to name a few. Optisys, being able to offer unrivalled antenna products, has the ability to benefit all these RF uses and more.


Our unique capability in a number of RF disciplines allows us to be highly useful to many upcoming space missions,” commented Adam Arnold, Optisys UK Vice President. “Having this location central to the UK Space ecosystem enables us to better support those customers.”


Nafeesa Dajda, Director of National Capabilities at the Satellite Applications Catapult, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Optisys to our facilities here in Harwell. Our Co-space is home to a fantastic community of space companies, and is a great example of how collaborative, shared workspaces can benefit organisations both individually and collectively.”


Optisys is a privately-owned revolutionary RF company. Optisys unique approach allows us to create highly integrated antenna and radar products that achieve extremely low SWaP. Optisys has a wide product line ranging from feeds to phased arrays, for communications and radar applications.

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The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Optisys have entered a partnership to develop the next generation of RF telescope technology to further investigate the secrets of our Universe.


· NRAO and Optisys partner to develop future RF telescope technology

· Optisys selected over other traditional and non-traditional suppliers due to enhanced performance

· Optisys a technology enabler for future NRAO missions


Salt Lake, UTAH, [16th February 2022 9.00ET / 14.00GMT]: In the pursuit of seeing further and more accurately into the depths of the big beyond, the NRAO has turned to the unique and ground-breaking capabilities of Optisys, a worldwide leader in the design and production of metal 3D-printed antennas and RF systems.


Optisys’ design capability allows for the smallest SWaP RF products, which further decreases the losses, and increases the stability, of the antennas used in such apparatus. These are highly favourable attributes in radio astronomy, especially when the antenna is required to be operated at cryogenic temperatures. The unique nature of Optisys technology, being so highly integrated, and not requiring plating of any kind to provide excellent performance, means it is the perfect candidate to be the basis of the next generation of increased range and higher-accuracy, land and space-based radio telescopes.


A series of trials pitting Optisys' capabilities against other traditionally and non-traditionally produced antennas identified Optisys as the clear winner in SWaP, performance, stability, and other areas. These trials led to a new partnership between Optisys and NRAO.


Tony Beasley, Director of NRAO said, “Understanding the Universe requires us to push the limits of science, technology, and knowledge. CDL has been at the forefront of this effort in radio astronomy for decades, and with the help of Optisys, will continue to lead the industry in innovative solutions.”


Both the NRAO and Optisys are extremely excited about the potential of where Optisys’ design capability will assist in shedding light into our Universe’s birth and inner workings. Traditionally designed and manufactured RF solutions have a restriction in their capability that limits the scope of information that can be detected by a single telescope. Optisys’ advanced antenna capability is expected to expand that scope, leading to a richer and more defined dataset.


“Science requirements are always pushing the limits of technology, so we need to invest in innovative technologies with the potential to break through current performance barriers,” said Bert Hawkins, Director of NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory (CDL). “3D-printed electromagnetic devices can have all sorts of shapes, structures, and designs that would be impossible to make with traditional machining techniques. NRAO’s new partnership with Optisys has the potential to lead to the development of devices with the ability to outperform those currently used in radio astronomy.”


“All areas of RF applications are benefiting from Optisys’ advanced capability,” commented Janos Opra, Optisys CEO. “Whether it be communication, radar, directed energy or radio astronomy, we are incredibly excited about our involvement in all RF industries. Our partnership with the NRAO is not only good for Optisys, the NRAO or the RF industry, but will provide insight and knowledge for the sustained benefit of all humankind.”


A white paper, describing the testing conducted will be published later this year.


Optisys is undergoing enormous expansion with many job roles available in program, RF, mechanical and support disciplines. Interested parties should visit our careers page on our website to find out more. (www.optisys.com/careers)


About NRAO

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a federally funded research and development center of the United States National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc for the purpose of radio astronomy.


About Optisys

Optisys, LLC is a privately-owned revolutionary RF design and metal additive manufacturing company. Optisys’ unique approach allows us to create highly integrated antenna and radar products that achieve extremely low SWaP. Optisys' has a wide product line ranging from feeds to phased arrays, for antenna and radar applications from sea to space.


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  • Due to enormous customer demand, Optisys has opened an office in the UK to better serve its customers locally.

Salt Lake, USA, and London, UK [Thursday 10th June]: Optisys is pleased to announce it has opened an office in the South East of England to better support its current customers in the UK and EU, as our space and defence endeavours in the region increase substantially.

Optisys, a worldwide leader in designing advanced antenna technology, utilises metal additive manufacturing to produce ultra-integrated, low SWaP Radio Frequency products.


The uptake of our revolutionary approach, and unprecedented customer demand, has facilitated the opening of a local office. This action ensures these programmes can be supported efficiently as well as encouraging further collaboration within the commercial and defence industries in general.


“Optisys LTD will not just be a sales office,” commented Adam Arnold, Vice President of Optisys UK, “We want to tap into the excellent RF expertise, and 3d printing support, the UK and EU has to offer us. This will create jobs that will further develop our future technology and processes, to the benefit of our worldwide customers.”


Optisys ambitions to become a leading player in the antenna market is being funded by excellent sales performance from the industries’ realisation of the benefit of its next generation RF products has to offer past, current and future platforms from sea to space.


“This is a natural expansion for our enterprise,” stated Optisys CEO Janos Opra, “the UK and EU have always been very keen to adopt our technology because they really see the benefit over traditional technology. Our goals in the region and the market demand are in complete lockstep and we are looking forward to cementing relationships and exploiting opportunities.”


About Optisys

Optisys, LLC is a privately-owned revolutionary RF design and metal additive manufacturing company. Optisys unique approach allows us to create highly integrated antenna and radar products that achieve extremely low SWaP. Optisys' has a wide product line ranging from feeds to phased arrays, for antenna and radar applications from sea to space.

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