Mitsubishi Electric to Double Satellite Production Capacity from four satellites to eight
Mitsubishi Electric will invest approximately 3 billion Yen ($37.36million) to enlarge and upgrade its Kamakura Works production facility in Kamakura, Japan and plans to double annual satellite production capacity from four satellites to eight. The new facility will help to reduce costs and shorten delivery time by integrating production processes, such as component assembly and environmental testing. At completion, the enlarged facility will have a total floor space of 7,700 m2. Construction is scheduled for completion by March 2013. Mitsubishi Electric, which entered the space industry in the 1960s, has participated in more than 440 satellite projects worldwide. In 2000, it became the first Japanese manufacturer capable of developing, designing, assembling and testing satellites at a single location.
Equipped with one of Japan’s largest thermal vacuum testing chambers, an acoustic test chamber and an antenna test range, the company’s Kamakura Works so far has produced 18 satellites, as well as electronic modules for the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV). Responding to growing demand worldwide, the company intends to double satellite-related annual sales to 150 billion Yen ($1.86 billion) by March 2021.