In an effort to offer worldwide communication services, China plans to launch 300 low-orbit satellites, the first in the series to be launched later this year.
The first in the 300-satellite array — known as the Hongyan constellation — is set to be launched by the end of this year. The announcement was made at the Hunan Commercial Aviation Space and Marine Equipment Forum held in Changsha, Central China’s Hunan Province.
The official Xinhua news agency had in February quoted the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) as saying that the series called Hongyan constellation was set to be launched this year.
The Hongyan constellation is composed of more than 300 satellites, along with data processing centres, and will be built in three stages.
Once completed, the satellite communication network will take the place of the ground-based network and allow a mobile phone to be connected everywhere on the planet, either in a remote desert or at sea, the CASC said.