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China launches first satellite for broadband communication

ANI  |  Beijing [China] 

on Saturday launched its first as part of the Hongyun Project, a low-orbit communication system.

A Long March-11 rocket carrying the low Earth-orbit took off from the in at 7.51 am and successfully entered its orbit, China's state-run reported.

"The satellite - the first to be launched as part of China's Hongyun Project, which focuses on communication, and navigation - will serve as a low-orbit base for future and applications," according to a statement by the Aerospace Science and (CASIC).

According to The Global Times, the statement said the satellite is supported by a spectral thermometer that can achieve high-level atmospheric temperature detection. It also carries an automatic ship identification system (AIS), automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system and a data collection system (DCS) which facilitates in the detection of ships and aircraft.

The Hongyun Project can also offer communication and for China and less-developed countries with reduced latency. It can also play a key role in facilitating emergency communication, sensor data collection and remote control of unmanned equipment.

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First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 16:37 IST