China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation (CATEC)

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Last Updated: October 1, 1997
Other Name: 航天时代电子技术股份有限公司; CASC Ninth Academy [1]
Location: Beijing, China [2]
Subordinate To: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) [3]
Size: Employs over 8,271 personnel [4]
Facility Status: Active

CATEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). Out of the 8,271 personnel employed, 840 are scientific researchers, and 3,583 have a specialized technical background. The corporation is composed of more than 30 subsidiary units dispersed throughout the country, including those responsible for research and development, finance management, quality control, manufacturing, telemetry research, and electronics. According to information from the company, at the end of 2011 CATEC had 6.79 billion yuan in registered capital. [5]

CATEC’s entities are also involved in electronic components, onboard computers, and inertial guidance systems. [6] In addition, the corporation is in charge of developing a range of products, including telemetry systems, aerospace communication devices, specialized computers, integrated circuits, INS systems, electric adapter connectors, and other microelectronic devices in support of CASC projects. [7]

There are six main institutes under CATEC that offer graduate research degree programs. These include:

  • Shanghai Aerospace Electronics Company (539 Factory): a Shanghai-based facility with more the 700 personnel that designs and develops satellite communications components. Established in 1957, it was the first operational corporation in the nation to focus on aerospace development, research, and production of materials. Four operational groups make up the facility, and work on the research and development and testing of telemetry systems, communication systems, satellite components, precision-guided technology, missile guidance systems, and others. [8]
  • Lishan Microelectronics Institute (771st Research Institute): duties include research, development, and manufacturing of missile- and satellite-related computers and integrated circuits. Employs 2,700 personnel, of which 630 are professionals with advanced technical training. The institute was established in mid-1960s and started offering advanced training and degree programs in 1978. [9]
  • Beijing Microelectronic Technology Institute (772 Research Institute): specializes in design and development of military-standard very-large-scale integrated circuits (VLSIC) ceramic packaging and mounting technology, including radiation-hardened integrated circuits, digital signal processors, and analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converters. The institute was established in 1994. [10]
  • Beijing Institute of Telemetry (704 Research Institute): duties include the design and development of navigation, control, and attitude control systems and components, including satellite navigation, tracking and telemetry, Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), radar signal processing, and others. Established in 1957, the institute has over 2,000 employees. Nine hundred of these personnel are professionals with intermediate or advanced technical training. [11]
  • 16th Research Institute: focuses on inertial navigation components, with more than 1,600 employees, which includes 229 researchers and professionals with advanced technical training, and 800 technical specialists. Established in 1966. [12]
  • 13th Research Institute: China’s primary designer and developer of inertial instruments, with special focus on strap-down inertial guidance systems. Employs more than 940 people, and has been in operation for more than 50 years since its establishment in 1960. [13]

Other facilities include: [14]

  • 165 Factory: manufactures electronic components.
  • 7171 Factory: a facility with 1,432 employees that manufactures inertial guidance components–such as gyroscopes–for missiles, launch vehicles, and manned space vehicles.
  • 107 Factory: a facility with 300 employees that manufactures inertial guidance components–such as accelerometers–for missiles, launch vehicles, and manned space vehicles.
  • 825 Factory: manufactures electronic connectors for the aerospace industry.
  • 693 Factory: a facility with 790 personnel that produces microelectronic components.
  • 289 Factory: a facility with 500 employees, 290 of which are technical personnel that is a primary manufacturer of satellite communications and telemetry systems. It is also a key organization for data collection during missile tests.
  • 230 Factory: a manufacturer of precision inertial guidance instruments, with more than 1,000 employees.
  • 200 Factory: a manufacturer of guidance and attitude control related electronic sub-assemblies with over 1,000 employees.
  • Aerospace Times Opto-Electronic Technology Company: designs and develops fiber optic gyros, and received a patent from an unknown Ukranian organization for gyro production.

Sources:
[1] Mark Stokes with Dean Cheng, “China’s Evolving Space Capabilities: Implications for U.S. Interests,” Project 2049 Institute, 26 April 2012, p. 18; 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[2] “联系我们 [About Us],” China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[3] “总裁致辞 [Message from the CEO],” China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[4] “公司简介 [Company Profile],” China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[5] “公司简介 [Company Profile],” China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[6] “Mark A. Stokes, “China's Evolving Conventional Strategic Strike Capability,” Project 2049 Institute, 14 September 2009, pp. 95-101.
[7] “公司简介 [Company Profile],” China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[8] “上海空间电子设备研究所 [Shanghai Aerospace Electronics Company],” in 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[9] “中国航天时代电子公司771所 [CATEC 771st Research Institute],” in 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[10] “中国航天时代电子公司772所 [CATEC 772nd Research Institute],” in 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[11] “中国航天时代电子公司704所 [CATEC 704th Research Institute],” in 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[12] “中国航天时代电子公司16所 [CATEC 16th Research Institute],” in 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[13] “中国航天时代电子公司13所 [CATEC 13th Research Institute],” in 中国航天科技集公司第九研究院2013年博士研究生招生 [CASC Ninth Academy 2013 PhD Brochure], 6 August 2012, www.catec-ltd.cn.
[14] “Mark A. Stokes, “China's Evolving Conventional Strategic Strike Capability,” Project 2049 Institute, 14 September 2009, pp. 95-101.

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