Thai startup and space technology company mu Space recently conducted the soft opening of its spaceship factory – the first in Thailand – a prototype that will form the basis of a larger factory to be built in 2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, mu Space plans to hire about 100 people, beginning with the first 50 positions open in the first quarter of 2021.
At the soft opening, mu Space CEO said that the fund recently raised from Series B will be used to build a large-scale factory to produce and assemble the first spaceship of Thailand, along with satellite parts and commercial spaceships for domestic affairs, communications, national security such as a locally made GPS, robotic testing, and autonomous system testing for unmanned vehicles to be used on the Moon mission. The factory will be equipped with 5G communication systems, and it will also serve as a platform to develop technologies for Space Internet Data Center.
The spaceship that mu Space is developing will be multi-purpose, with capabilities for Earth orbit and cis-lunar missions, using a new type of ballistic resistance armor that is currently being tested. mu Space aims to finish building its first spaceship in one to two years.
Since being founded in Thailand in 2017, mu Space has raised more than USD 100 million in funding and develops satellite communication technologies. The company has successfully attracted strong investors such as TOT Public Company Limited, Nice Apparel Group, B.Grimm Group, and Majuven Fund, among others.
(Sources: mu Space, SpaceTech Asia, ROOM – the Space Journal of Asgardia)