Global satel­lite net­work planned to boost in­ter­net

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China Aerospace Sci­ence and In­dus­try Corp, the na­tion’s largest mis­sile de­vel­oper, plans to build a space-based in­for­ma­tion net­work that will pro­vide global cov­er­age, called the Hongyun Project.

Liu Shi­quan, deputy gen­eral man­ager of the state-owned space and de­fense gi­ant, said the com­pany will put 156 com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lites into low Earth or­bit, at an al­ti­tude of 160 to 2,000 km (99 to 1,242 miles). Each satel­lite will be able to trans­mit 500 mega-bytes of data per sec­ond.

“We will launch a satel­lite this year to demon­strate the tech­nolo­gies for the Hongyun Project. Be­fore 2019, four satel­lites will have been put into space to con­duct trial op­er­a­tions. The rest will fol­low in 2019 and 2020, en­sur­ing that the whole net­work will be built be­fore 2021,” he said at the Sec­ond China Com­mer­cial Aerospace Fo­rum in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince.

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