Major new satellite factory breaks ground in South Korea

Hanwha Systems’ rendering of its planned factory
South Korean aerospace and technology company Hanwha Systems has broken ground on a 11,500-sq-m satellite factory on Jeju Island about 100km offshore in the East China Sea.

According to The Korea Times, the Jeju Hanwha Space Centre will be sited at the Hawon Techno Campus in Seogwipo City.

It will have an assembly and testing area on its ground floor, and a control room and testing suit on its first storey.

The company aims to increase its monthly output of satellites from four to eight.

The plant will let it increase its thermal vacuum testing, which checks that the machine will function in space environments. It will also improve “near-field testing”, which assesses the performance of satellite antennae at close range.

The plant will also be speeded up by automated manufacturing and assembly equipment.

Hanwha Systems aims to complete the construction by the end of next year.

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