Europe’s largest satellite manufacturing plant to be built in Charleroi

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Aerospacelab, a Belgian startup, has revealed plans to build a megafactory capable of producing 500 satellites each year, making it effectively the largest satellite manufacturing plant in Europe.

The company announced in a press release that the new factory will be located in the Belgian city of Charleroi, around 40 kilometers from the company’s current unit in Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve, which is set to begin operating later this year.

Mayor of Charleroi Paul Magnette stated on social media: ‘’Aerospacelab will be the 3rd largest satellite factory in the world after Amazon and Space X. 500 jobs will be created and as many satellites produced each year in Charleroi.’’

‘’Our metropolis is in the process of succeeding in its industrial reconversion, by positioning itself in cutting-edge fields such as aerospace and biotechnology. Our strategy of economic redeployment, which was instigated with the Catch plan, is bearing fruit,’’ the mayor of the Belgian city further stated.

On June 14, Aerospacelab hosted a ceremony to commemorate the start of the Charleroi factory’s construction. It was attended by, among others, the mayor of Charleroi Paul Magnette, the European Commissioner for internal market Thierry Breton, Belgian deputy prime minister Petra De Sutter and Belgian Defence Minister Ludivine De Donder.

Aerospacelab wants to begin production of satellites in early 2025 at its Charleroi facility which is set to have a total working surface of 16.000 square meters.

The company, which was founded in 2018, has a full-time workforce of over 140 professionals and positions itself as the European leader in Geospatial Intelligence and small satellites platforms. (photo credit: Aerospacelab official website)