Towards a global communication network: China launches the first satellite

03/01/2019

 

The launch is part of the Hongyun Project, an important part of China’s national development policy

 

The aim is to commercialize space technologies and expand access to the network to rural areas, so as to bring the internet to over 600 million Chinese still without access. It is the Hongyun Project represents an important part of China’s national policy and that began with the launch of the first satellite to create a global communications network and expand access to the network.

The Satellite for Technology Experiments (TES) was launched at the end of December as part of its ambitious Hongyun project, a low-orbit broadband communications system aimed at global coverage with a network of small satellites approximately 1,000 kilometers above the Earth.

 

The project represents an important part of China’s national policy to commercialise space technologies

 

The main objective of the project is to increase the productivity of China by connecting more Chinese people. According to data from the China Internet Network Information Center, in fact, about 600 million Chinese are still without access to the Internet, and this means the lack of growth of e-commerce and the non-development of health services and online education.

According to a Xinhua report, the Long March-11 rocket carrying the TES blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 7.51am on December 22, before successfully entering its preset orbit. Launched by CASIC in 2016, the Hongyun Project is aimed at connecting people in remote areas and underdeveloped regions across the world to the internet

 

After the launch of the first experimental satellite, four more satellites will be launched by 2020

 

According to CASIC, “[Hongyun] should allow the same internet experience in the desert, at sea, or even in flight – just as if a person was at home” and the Hongyun Project should be able to provide a “seamless broadband mobile internet service” across the globe.

According to Xinhua, the project features the integration of communications, enhanced low-orbit navigation and verified remote sensing, which are all reliant on space-based internet access capabilities.

 

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