Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) was formally chosen by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as the prime contractor for the Engineering Test Satellite 9 (ETS-9). The experimental communications spacecraft is scheduled to launch in 2021 and will test future satellite technologies including: High-Throughput communications and high-power electric propulsion.

Artist’s impression of ETS-9 in orbit. Courtesy: MELCO