China is planning to launch a network of 156 mini-satellites to facilitate global broadband coverage to seek opportunities in commercial space development.
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) today claimed that this plan is the first low orbiting, networked satellite project. It will orbit 1,000 km above the ground. The network is a general satellite platform.
Low orbit helps avoid signal delay and satellite communication services with frequencies from 26.5 to 40 hertz improve Internet access.
The project plans to send the first satellite before 2018, and launch four more by 2020 to form a constellation.
By the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), all 156 satellites will be in operation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
CASIC launched an experimental satellite ‘TK-1’ early this month, featuring high-carrying efficiency and adaptability.