The big reveal: mu Space unveils new satellite and space factory
Aerospace manufacturer and satellite internet service provider mu Space Corp. has announced and displayed to the public their brand-new satellite, the mu-B200 and the opening of Factory 2 in Bangkok, Thailand at its Satellite Tech Unveil 2021 event, which took place earlier. Factory 2 is the company's third factory to date and aims to cement the Southeast Asian company as an aerospace leader. mu Space Corp is an aerospace manufacturer and satellite internet service provider redefining the aerospace landscape in Southeast Asia. The organisation emphasises the importance of a vertical-integrated approach, meaning that they design, build, and test in-house all their products in order to improve performance and quality while reducing the additional costs of an extensive supply chain.
The opening of the new factory and announcement of the mu-B200 is significant in that it will enable mu Space to triple its efforts in leading Thailand in the global space race. In December 2020, mu Space opened its first small-sized factory, known as Factory 0 for research and its technology’s prototypes. Lesser than a year later, Factory 1, their second factory, was opened. The factory is designated for most of the manufacturing stages, development, tests, productions of entire satellites and components. Factory 2 which was unveiled via live stream at today’s Satellite Tech Unveil 2021 event is considered an extension area to be able to produce more satellites. The factory also focuses on producing electronic parts and power systems relating to mu Space's satellites. The organisation researches, designs, builds and tests all its technology in-house.
Founded in 2017 by James Yenbamroong, mu Space has conducted orbital microgravity experiments as part of Blue Origin’s New Shephard rocket launches and plans to work further alongside other commercial agencies, as well as conduct its own launches in the near future. Satellite and space technology company, mu Space and Advanced Technology Co., Ltd, continues to strive and meet its goal of impacting society through technological advances. In
this journey to make the world a better place, mu Space has grown rapidly and seeks to be a global brand in the near future. With the production of a new satellite, the mu-B200, and the launch of a new factory, mu Space looks to make a strong statement towards the aerospace industry in 2021.
The Satellite Tech Unveil 2021 event was all about announcing to the public, their followers, and their investors on what it takes to manufacture aerospace products. Additional to that it was also an opportunity for the company to display the actual satellite on stage. The mu Space Satellite is the latest satellite produced by mu Space and its team of leading engineers, proving the main talking point of today’s event. The satellite weighs 200 kilograms and comes with a 1.2kW high-power system. The lightweight and high power is accomplished through using nanotechnologies in the manufacturing process. The mu-B200 satellite features krypton thrusters for orbit correction, a phased array antenna, and a unique TRL-9 flight-proven high-power bus system.
mu Space has been working from two factories since it first came to fruition. The first was built in 2020 and the other earlier this year. The first factory known as Factory 0 was a mere 200Sq/M, however, progress has been exponential and only one year later mu Space unveiled Factory 1 their second location which is ten times larger than their first facility.
With global launch activity having increased by 39 percent over the last decade and the value of the global satellite industry rising rapidly and expected to be valued at US$508 billion by 2024 according to the Global Satellite Industry Insights & Forecast Report 2020, mu Space Corp’s expansion into the market is a signal that Southeast Asia is accelerating its participation in the satellite industry.
mu Space is backed by leading investors, including B.Grimm Joint Venture - Thailand’s private power generation industry, Majuven Fund and private business groups such as executives from the UCLA Foundation, among others.
Speaking about mu Space’s the Factory 2 announcement, CEO and founder James Yenbamroong said: "I remember the days when we only had one desk, now we have over 100 employees… Factory 0 was made to produce 1 satellite, Factory 1 can produce 10 and the new Factory 2 will be able to produce 100 satellites … we do all the production processes in-house as we are a vertically integrated company."
He also talked in detail about the new satellite saying: "The focus of this satellite is high performance and high power, the higher the power the faster the internet connection."