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Constellationizing Space: Chinese Company Seeks Approval to Launch Nearly 13,000 Satellites

6 Oct 2020, 09:35 UTC
Constellationizing Space: Chinese Company Seeks Approval to Launch Nearly 13,000 Satellites
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by Douglas MessierManaging Editor

Larry Press reports a Chinese company named GW has filed for spectrum allocation from the International Telecommunication Union for two broadband constellations called GW-A59 and GW-2 that would include 12,992 satellites.

The size of GW’s request indicates to Press that the company would compete globally with broadband constellations being built by SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon. He wrote:

SpaceX, which is off to the fastest end-user start, is focusing initially on the lucrative markets of North America, followed perhaps by Europe. OneWeb would seem to have an advantage in the Asian and African nations where part-owner Bharti [Global] has a presence, as well as the United Kingdom, due to the government’s stake in the company. GW would be in a strong position in the nations where China already has “Digital Silk Road” (DSR) projects….The DSR is part of China’s ambitions Belt and Road initiative with infrastructure projects in around 70 nations. In late 2016 they added space infrastructure — the Belt & Road spatial Information Corridor. While they are currently concentrated in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, I’ve speculated that the DSR may extend to Latin America.Over half the people in the world ...

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