NEC builds satellite assembly plant outside of Tokyo
NEC Corporation is building a new facility for the assembly, evaluation and testing of satellites at its existing plant in Fuchu City, outside Tokyo. In addition to the Fuchu plant's existing operations, the new facility will enable NEC to assemble as many as eight satellites at any one time.
The new facility will also accommodate the construction of large-scale satellites within a four-storey, steel frame structure featuring a total floor area of 9,900 square metres, including a large chamber space and a large work room space with a maximum interior height of 26m. The facility is also being built to withstand intense earthquakes that are in the 7 range of magnitude.
Approximately 9.6 billion yen (Bt290.8 billion) is being invested in the new facility, including the building and its equipment. This investment is partially subsidised by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Innovation Centre Establishment Assistance Program. NEC itself is spending about 7.6 billion yen.
Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in March 2013. Operations will begin in June 2014.
NEC has managed the integration of 66 satellites, including Osumi, Japan's first satellite, which was launched in 1970, the Hayabusa space probe, which successfully returned samples from the Itokawa asteroid, and the first stage of the Shizuku water cycle observation satellite.
Going forward, NEC aims for 100 billion yen in space-related business by 2020. Starting in Asia, the company seeks to proactively meet satellite demand for emerging space programmes by capitalising on the capabilities of its compact satellite assembly plant in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture and the new facility in Fuchu. The Fuchu facility will support integrated production systems for NEC's standard bus satellite, the NEXTAR Series (NEC Next Generation Star) and the development of satellite infrastructure for environmental observation and disaster surveys.
New Seagate video 2.5 HDD reliable, energy efficient
Seagate Technology announced the launch of Seagate Video 2.5 HDD, a 2.5-inch drive specifically engineered for use in digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes and surveillance applications.
The drive delivers superior performance and operation in three key areas of importance to manufacturers - reliability, acoustics and energy efficiency.
The drive has an annual failure rate of approximately 0.55, based on current configurations, enabling Seagate to keep the product in the market longer, while reducing the cost of field deployment and maintaining customer retention. It also boasts 24/7 operation capabilities in extended temperature ranges and enhanced acoustics for near silent operation - features crucial for consumers' electronics and video applications.
Maintaining Seagate's goal of delivering sustainable products, the drive reduces packaging materials by 53 per cent and overall freight by up to 30 per cent by efficiently packing and shipping more units with fewer materials than larger drives. It also contributes to sustainable energy initiatives by achieving a 55 per cent improvement in power savings over comparable products, enabling system integrators to meet aggressive new energy requirements. The Seagate Video 2.5 HDD is built without the use of harmful chemicals like the fire-retardant bromide and is PVC free.