In our third episode of BST TV we share a video that shows our facilities and our ambitions towards satellite mass manufacturing.

The 2:11min video gives you an inside view of our facility booth in Germany as well as our new factory for mega constellations.

The Need for Speed!

 

Cubesats and the few factories for satellites (e.g. SpaceX & OneWeb) aside the global production of medium sized satellites is 50-100 per year globally. This production is done by 50+ companies globally which leads to satellite production of one satellites per year of most companies.

Satellite production today is like cars,
before Henry Ford.

 

With more than 100 constellations and mega constellations upcoming we need a new way of building satellites. Berlin Space Technologies is at the forefront of this development. We have focused our R&D on mass manufacturing of satellites since the beginning. Automated testing and fully digitized documentation are at the core of the Henry Ford moment but so is having an actual factory.

Meet our Factory

 

When we lifted the veil of our satellite factory in January we did not know that we were in for a ride. Now Half a year into this pandemic neither we nor our Joint Venture partners from Azista Industries really find the time to do the grand opening ceremony and give all of you the opportunity to visit our facilities. Therefore, we will give you a peak behind the curtains.

Design and Prototype Manufacturing

 

Our design facility is located in Berlin. Here our tech wizards make the magic happen that turn ideas into satellites.

In Berlin we have a team of 30 people with decades of experience that works in our 1000m² facility. We are vertically integrated and have the ability to build all of our subsystems in-house. Prototype manufacturing and small series production (<10 devices) is done here.

Large Scale Manufacturing – Our reasons for choosing “Make in India”

 

Large scale satellite manufacturing that is at the heart of the Henry Ford moment in the space industry is implemented in our two Ahmedabad (India) facilities. India has been chosen by BST for a number of reasons:

  • India has a strong tradition in space Systems thanks to decades of experience of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
  • Consequently both the local talent pool as well as the space ecosystem is well developed
  • India has a stable and democratic political system and English is spoken throughout the country
  • Local launch infrastructure as well as Indian made own rockets are available

Factory #1 Satellite Subsystem Manufacturing

 

The first factory which is run by our partner Azista is located just 3.5km away from ISRO SAC. It has 5000m² and there are 120 people working on a large number of projects. The facility is certified by ISRO and regularly manufactures subsystems for Indian national programs. Handling of both HiRel projects as well NewSpace approach is continuously implemented.

Factory #2 Satellite System Assembly

 

The second factory which is run by the Joint Venture of Azista and BST was opened earlier this year has also 5000m². It is located at the outskirts of Ahmedabad. It is sized for hosting 5 assembly lines in parallel. Each one is expected to produce 1 satellites per week, giving it a production rate of 250 satellites per year.

To expand this facility is it planned to implement 20 additional manufacturing lines which will raise the production capability to >1000 satellites per year. The parallel approach makes it easy to add as much capacity as required.

Outlook

 

The satellite assembly plant (factory #2) is about to wake up for its first production run. While still empty, the process of hiring of the first team is now gathering speed after being delayed due to Covid and subsequent lock-down. The next step is on-boarding and training the satellite manufacturing teams.

I hope you have enjoyed the visit to our factory. If you want to learn more about the Henry Ford Moment for satellites and the technologies behind it please let us know by email hidden; JavaScript is required.