NEC’s new satellite developing and managing facility

NEC Corp. (Credit: Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)

NEC Corp. is developing a new satellite assembly, integration and testing facility in the existing plant in Fuchu City, a suburb of Tokyo, as announced by the company in a press release on January 7.

This facility is able to withstand the earthquake with an intensity of 7 on Japan’s seven-stage seismic scale. Large scale satellites will be produced in the new facility within a 4-story, steel frame structure having a total floor area of 9,900 square meters with a large chamber space and a large work room space with 26 meters of maximum interior height.

Nearly 9.6 billion yen ($0.11 billion) is being invested on the new facility, which is partly funded by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Innovation Center Establishment Assistance Program. Construction of the new facility will be started in March this year while the working is expected to begin in June 2014.

NEC managed the integration of overall 66 satellites and aims for 100 billion yen ($1.14 billion) in space-related business by 2020.