China launches first satellite in the Hongyun project

  • China on December 22, 2018 launched its first communication satellite Hongyun project to provide broadband internet services worldwide in an apparent bid to rival Google and other international firms.
  • The satellite is the first in the project planned by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC). 
  • The Hongyun project was started in September 2016. It aims to build a space-based communications network to provide broadband internet connectivity to users around the world, especially those in the underserved regions.   
  • The spacecraft is tasked with verifying basic designs of Hongyun satellite and demonstrating low-orbit broadband communications technologies, state-run China Daily reported.   

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