Geely Technology Group’s Taizhou Facility has been given its license to begin the commercial manufacturing of its satellites, which will be ultimately used for realising Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to X-(V2X) communications and full autonomous self-driving. The license, awarded by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, means that the factory, located in Geely Group’s original hometown of Taizhou in Zhejiang Province, can begin production.
When production begins, at present planned for October 2020, the facility will have an estimated production output of over 500 satellites per year.
The factory in Taizhou Bay is the first of its kind in China. Much like Geely’s BMA and CMA-platform production facilities, the plant utilises modular technology, and will incorporate both the mass assembly and testing of new satellites. Satellite R&D, core component manufacturing, measurement and control, aerospace materials, cloud computing big data platform, etc. will all be handled onsite.
Xu Zhihao, CEO of Geely Technology Group, said that satellite manufacturing is crucial for the entire satellite industry chain and the Taizhou facility will meet the development needs of this rapidly developing industry, including shortening development cycles of micro-satellites, faster technology updates, and more functionality.
The launch of Geely’s first satellites is planned for the first half of 2021.