The company's name, Satelight, is a combination of the initials "S apporo" (Sapporo), "A nimate" (Animate), "T e chnology" (Technology), and Entertainment. It has been a production company specializing in digital animation production since its inception in 1993, and was originally a division of the software company, (DMG Mori) B.U.G.
In 2001, Satelight became independent its original parent when B.U.G. Linkcube made a capital participation, and the company's CEO, Yoshiyuki Uchida, became Satelight's chairman. For the company's first original project of that same year, they produced Earth Girl Arjuna by Shōji Kawamori, who previously directed the 1996 animated television special "Spring and Chaos" which was inspired by the life of poet Kenji Miyazawa. The art style for that film used a style similar to 1985's Night on the Galactic Railroad. Shōji Kawamori became a full-time director of Satelight in 2003.
In addition to moving its head office from Sapporo, Hokkaido to Suginami-ku, Tokyo in 2006, Satelight entered into a capital tie-up with the SANKYO Group. From this agreement, Kawamori was contracted to produce new animated segments for Pachinko games such as CR Fever Genesis of Aquarion. In the meantime, most of Satelight's notable Macross works under Big West in that era were Macross Zero, Macross Frontier and its theatrical films, and later with Macross Δ and Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre.
Satelight helped produce an "animation collaboration cafe" for Shirobaco. They opened in Asagaya Anime Street on 2014 but closed on January 20, 2019.
- March 2004 - Macross Zero wins OVA Category Excellence Award at Tokyo Anime Awards
- October 2008 - Macross Frontier receives Content Production Staff Award at the 23rd Digital Content Grand Prix
- March 2009 - Macross Frontier wins Outstanding Film Award for the Television Division at the 8th Tokyo Anime Awards
- July 2009- Macross Frontier wins the 40th Nebula Award Media Division
- July 2011- Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye won the 16th Animation Kobe Prize for Work Award (Theatre category)
- October 2011- Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye won an animation film category award at Newtype × Machi ★ Asobi Anime Award 2011
- October 2012 - Bodacious Space Pirates wins Mecha Design Award at Newtype × Machi ★ Asobi Animation Award 2012
- July 2013- Bodacious Space Pirates wins the 44th Nebula Award Media Division.
- Big West (Sponsor)
- Atelier Musa (Production Company)
- Atelier Platz (Production Company)
- Flying Dog (Record Label)
- Shōji Kawamori (Senior Managing Director)
- Kenji Yasuda (Director)
- Toshizo Nemoto (Screenwriter)
- Hidetaka Tenjin (Mechanical Art / Key Animation)
- Majiro (Character Designer)
- Risa Ebata (Character Designer)
- Thomas Romain (World Designer)