China conducted its second orbital launch in 2020 orbiting the first test technology demonstration satellite for a 5G constellation, named Yinhe-1. Launch took place at 03:00UTC on January 16 using the Kuaizhou-1A (Y9) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Also designated GS-SparkSat-03, the 227 kg Yinhe-1 satellite will be operated by GalaxySpace, a Beijing-based communications satellite producer. This Chinese company was founded in 2016 with the aim to mass produce low-cost, high-performance small satellite through agile and fast-iterative development mode, and to build the world’s leading LEO broadband satellite constellation with a global coverage with 5G communication network. The satellite provides a communication bandwidth of 10Gbps.
The satellites are developed in collaboration with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CAST), with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) and with the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC).
The mission is to improve the network connection condition of all regions and individuals, and to provide cost-effective, efficient and convenient broadband networks and services, while providing more accessible knowledge, more equal and extensive information, simpler and convenient communication and more development opportunities for everyone.
The company’s core team consists of senior experts from the Internet, aerospace industry and scientific research ...