Mitsubishi has come up with a new innovation, as Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. launches a Space & Sensing Systems division at its Cypress, CA headquarters. This new division is set to sell satellite on-board equipment, which includes lithium-ion batteries, solar array panels, and RF equipment.
The new division is also set to sell the company’s Mobile Mapping System (MMS) and centimeter-level high-accuracy positioning receiver (AQLOC). MMS makes use of car-mounted GPS antennas, cameras and laser scanners to gather 3D positioning data for road assets, having high-level accuracy, and making the comprehensive 3D maps required to assist autonomous driving.
The satellite and MMS facility will be produced by the company’s ultimate parent corporation in Japan, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is a leading manufacturer helping with space research and development since the 1960s, having taken part in the production of over 500 Japanese and international satellites, being the prime contractor or major subcontractor.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation built the first-ever Japanese-made standard satellite platform, the DS2000. Every satellite has a distinct role with specific performance requirements, and is normally made-to-order on this standard platform. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is in possession of the flexibility to respond to the ever-changing requirements of its global satellite customers.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is ensuring mobile mapping and high-precision positioning systems will be available in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. These are places where the demand for precise, highly accurate, efficient field surveys and infrastructure inspections is expected to grow. Demand is particularly promising in North America and Europe, places where high-definition 3D maps are needed for commercial systems envisioned for the future.
Kent Hora, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. also spoke on how the new division will help in the expansion of their core offerings and also define their commitment to building the company and structuring their footprint in the U.S. sensing and satellite markets.