Another Taizhou-produced satellite to be launched | Updated: 2023-12-05

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A commercial satellite workshop in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/]

Another commercial satellite produced in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province will soon be launched, according to local media reports.

The satellite, named Tiantianxing A-01, or Jilin University-1, is currently undergoing final technical testing and debugging in the assembly workshop in Taizhou. Once completed, it will be transported to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province for packaging and launch.

The satellite factory, located in the Taizhou Bay New Area and backed by Geely, is the first in China to integrate aerospace and automobile manufacturing capabilities. It is also the first commercial satellite super factory in the country with complete supporting capabilities.

In February 2021, the factory received approval from the National Development and Reform Commission. Then, in September 2021, a ceremony was held to mark the start of production of its first satellite and its first satellite sale.

In April 2022, the factory produced its first batch of nine satellites for the future travel constellation through mass manufacturing. The satellites were launched into orbit on June 2 and have been in stable operation for over a year.

The Taizhou-based factory has overcome the production capacity limitations of traditional satellite manufacturing and can now produce one satellite per day. This has led to a significant reduction in the production cost of satellites, around 45 percent, which has greatly contributed to the rapid construction of satellite constellations.