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China's first commercial satellite factory in Taizhou enters full operation

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: June 9, 2022 L M S


Researchers of the Geely-funded satellite plant in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account: tzfb001]

China's first commercial satellite super factory in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province, recently commenced full operations, local media reported.

Situated in the Taizhou Bay New Area, the 105-mu (7 hectares) plant broke ground in early 2020. Backed by the nation's leading automaker Geely, the factory is China's first private capital funded smart AIT (assembly, integration, and testing) center for pulsating modular satellites, and has an annual production capacity of more than 500 satellites.

The facility consists of a satellite R&D center, a measurement and control center, as well as component manufacturing facilities.

The plant, which is expected to produce 1,500 satellites and have an output value of 9.87 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) within seven years, will inject new vitality to the development of the aerospace industry in Taizhou, experts noted.

Geely, China's first automobile company to develop low-orbit satellites, made its strategic investment in Geespace in 2018 and started building its space-ground integrated mobility ecosystem that same year.

The first satellite produced by the Geely-funded plant in Taizhou rolled off the line on Sept 27, 2021.

On June 2, nine satellites manufactured by the plant were taken into space by a carrier rocket launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China. The satellites will offer space-ground integrated information services for the automaker's premium series of cars which will be put into service at the 19th Asian Games.