Satcube, a Gothenburg, Sweden-based developer of satellite broadband terminals, this week announced an order with Intelsat for 100 of its Satcube Ku terminals.
The suggested retail price of a terminal is $50,000, with the secure terminal variant priced at $80,000, according to the company. At $50,000 apiece, 100 terminals at full price would be $5 million. Satcube declined to share the value of the contract.
Satcube’s relationship with McLean, Va.-based Intelsat began in 2017 with the integration of the Satcube Ku portable terminal with the Intelsat FlexMove network, creating a service suited to emergency response, disaster recovery and remote news gathering.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to see our terminal technology and lightweight solution helping emergency responders, military in critical communication or key information to researchers in remote locations,” he said in a statement.
The 2022 full-year turnover for Satcube was 129 million Swedish kroner ($12 million).
National supply line automation
Satcube in the first quarter announced the construction of a high-production manufacturing facility in Karlstad, Sweden, to support anticipated orders and reinforce its regional supply line business model.
The facility, to be completed in fall 2023, will enable more autonomous production capacity, Mellberg told CBN.
“Production will combine forward-leaning standards with an increased level of production line automation, enabling Satcube to quickly scale up manufacturing to accommodate high volume terminal orders while simultaneously keeping production costs low, a winning scenario for customers and the company’s long-term strategy,” he said.
Satcube predicts the new facility will bring:
- a three-fold increase in production;
- shortened delivery times;
- streamlined product customization;
- more robust standardization measures; and
- speedier rollout of future products.
Satcube is confident that scaling production inside Sweden will serve as a multiplier for their engineering and administrative expertise.
“We’ve found that a hands-on, integrated approach leads to higher quality and shorter time to market for new products,” Henrik Strandén, chief operations officer and production manager at Satcube, told CBN.
“In-house manufacturing enables full control of our supply chain stability, waste management, working conditions and safety standards. Through our strategy, we can realize a cost-efficient and reliable economic model for our customers.”
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