NEC Corporation is building a new facility for the assembly, evaluation and testing of satellites at its existing plant in Fuchu City, outside of Tokyo, the company announced today.
Besides the plant's existing operations, the new facility will enable NEC to assemble as many as eight satellites at any one time, the integrator of IT and network technologies said in a media statement.
The new facility will accommodate the construction of largescale satellites within a four-storey, steel-frame structure featuring a total floor area of 9,900 square meters. The facility is also being built to withstand intense earthquakes that are in the 7 range of magnitude.
Approximately 9.6 billion yen (US$100 million) is being invested in the new facility, including the building and its equipment. This investment is partially subsidised by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Innovation Center Establishment Assistance Program. NEC is investing about 7.6 billion yen.
Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in March 2013. Operations are expected to begin in June 2014.
NEC has managed the integration of 66 satellites and in future, the company aims for 100 billion yen in space-related business by 2020.
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