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Mitsubishi Electric Completes New Satellite Production Facility

Expanded capacity expected to help grow space systems business


TOKYO, Japan – WEBWIRE
New facility at Kamakura Works
New facility at Kamakura Works

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has completed construction of a new facility for the production of satellites at the companyís Kamakura Works in Kamakura, Japan. Together with existing facilities, Mitsubishi Electricís combined annual capacity will increase to 18 satellites, up from 10 at present, which will enable the company to satisfy the growing demand for governmental satellites in Japan and commercial communication satellites worldwide.

The new facility will increase production efficiency, shorten production time, reduce costs and elevate product quality for enhanced competitiveness. It will incorporate information technologies based on Mitsubishi Electricís e-F@ctory solutions, which extract hidden benefits from existing resources through integrated automation to realize improved efficiencies, reduced costs and increased productivity. In addition, the new facility will incorporate Mitsubishi Electric products, such as a heat pump air-conditioning system, LED lights and high-efficiency transformers to further reduce energy consumption.

The Japanese market for governmental satellites is expected to grow under the countryís Basic Plan for Space Policy, which calls for the development of observation, communication and positioning satellites that support daily life and facilitate the commercial use of space for the enhancement of Japanís industrial and scientific foundations. Last year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced its participation in the U.S. governmentís Gateway project targeting a manned station near the moon, which is expected to stimulate increased demand for governmental satellites. Separately, the global market for small communication and observation satellites also is envisioned growing.

Mitsubishi Electricís long involvement with satellites includes the Himawari-7, -8 and -9 weather satellites, the Superbird-C2-Japanís first commercial communications satellite, QZS high-accuracy positioning satellite systems, and the Esíhail-2 for Qatar Satellite Company in Qatar. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric aims to more widely apply technologies it cultivates for governmental satellites to enhance its position in expanding fields, such as next-generation-engineering test satellites.

New Satellite Production Facility

Location Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Building area 6,700 m2

Structure Four-story reinforced-concrete structure

Floor area 13,300 m2

Main products ē Satellite systems for observation, communications, positioning, etc.
ē Satellite on-board components

Production capacity 18 satellites (together with existing facilities)

Installed equipment Large thermal vacuum chamber, large vibration table, antenna test range, etc.

Investment Approximately 11 billion yen

Green initiatives Heat pump air-conditioning system, LED lights and high-efficiency transformers

Mitsubishi Electricís Space Systems Business

Mitsubishi Electric, a leading manufacturer in the field of space research and development, has participated in the production of more than 600 Japanese and international satellites as either the prime contractor or a major subcontractor. In 2000, the company became the first Japanese manufacturer capable of developing, designing, assembling and testing satellites at a single location. The companyís Kamakura Works is equipped with one of Japanís largest thermal-vacuum testing chambers, an acoustic test chamber and an antenna test range. To date, this leading facility has produced many satellites as well as electronic modules for the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), which is purposed for unmanned cargo resupply in outer space.

Mitsubishi Electric strengthened its presence in the global satellite market when it was selected to supply the TURKSAT-4A and -4B satellites to Turkeyís Turksat A.S. in March 2011. The two satellites are based on Mitsubishi Electricís DS2000 satellite platform for the development of highly reliable satellites. In May 2011, Mitsubishi Electric delivered its ST-2 communications satellite into geostationary orbit for a joint venture between Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom Company Limited. In 2014, the company was awarded a contract to deliver the Esíhail 2 communications satellite to operator Qatar Satellite Company (EsíhailSat).


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