China to launch 300 satellites to provide worldwide low-orbit communications

China on July 16, 2018, announced its plans to launch 300 low-orbit satellites to provide worldwide communication services. The first satellite in the Hongyan constellation will be launched by the end of 2018 itself. This 300-satellite array is named as the ‘Hongyan Constellation’. Hongyan stands for ‘wild goose'; in ancient China, geese were used to deliver messages.

Key Highlights:-

1. The Hongyan constellation is composed of more than 300 satellites, along with data processing centers, and will be built in three stages.
2. The satellite data collection function of the series of satellites will provide energy and engineering companies with services including management of global assets, personal positioning, emergency rescue and communication services.
3. The new constellation will be the first group of low-orbit communication satellites by China and will enable the country to better guide disaster rescue efforts.
4. Its satellite data exchange function will provide two-way, real-time data transmission globally, as well as other multimedia data services.
5. The new constellation will be the first group of low-orbit communication satellites by China and will enable the country to better guide disaster rescue efforts.

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