Since the 1960s, we’ve been a pioneer of space technology development in Japan and globally, and we are strongly committed to international space development and satellite construction. We have participated in a wide range of high-performance payloads and bus components in multiple satellite programmes worldwide.

Overview

Satellite systems

Over the past four decades, Mitsubishi Electric has completed more satellite projects for communications concerns, government agencies and other large-scale clients than any other Japanese company. Mitsubishi Electric applies extensive expertise and experience in solar panel, aerials, amplification, tracking, control and ground station system technologies to provide turn-key system solutions for major space-based networks.

Ground systems

We are a key global presence in the domain of ground systems, producing ground stations for tracking satellites and rockets, as well as high-powered telescopes for astronomical observation. Our offerings include network systems for satellite tracking and control that we have developed for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as well as comprehensive systems for satellites and control stations. Mitsubishi Electric is also helping to unravel the mysteries of the universe’s origins through our work developing telescopes such as the Subaru Telescope and Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) Telescope.

Products

Space Systems

Milestones

1960s

Mitsubishi Electric began its foray into space technology.

1983

Mitsubishi Electric selected as the principal contractor for Japan’s first domestically produced communications satellite (CS-3).

1999

Completion of Subaru telescope for the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan facility on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

2003

Launch of OPTUS-C1, the first commercial satellite produced for customers outside of Japan.

2008

Launch of SUPERBIRD-C2, Japan’s first domestically produced commercial satellite.

2009

Successful docking of the “KOUNOTORI” (HTV) unmanned supply vehicle with the International Space Station.

2011

Completion of Atacama Compact Array (ACA) aerials for the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan at the Operations Support Facility of the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) Observatory in Chile.

2015

Successful launch of TURKSAT-4B Satellite.

R&D/Technologies

Nobeyama 45-m radio telescope developed by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Mitsubishi Electric Recognised as “IEEE Milestone”

The Nobeyama telescope has contributed greatly to the advancement of radio astronomy since debuting as the world’s largest millimetre-wave telescope.

Completion of new satellite component production facility

This new facility will double the satellite component production capacity of the Kamakura Works’ Sagami Factory and strengthen our growing foothold in the global satellite market.