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China launches two satellites to test space based communication technology

China launches two satellites for IoT ProjectOn 12th May 2020, China launches two satellites Xingyun-2 01 and 02 into the orbit by Kuaizhou-1A(KZ-1A) carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest China at 9.16am(Beijing Time), to test the space-based Internet of Things(IoT) communication technology.

Key Points:

i.The Satellite was developed by Xingyun Satellite Co. to conduct tests on technologies including space-based IoT communications, inter-satellite laser communications and a low-cost commercial satellite platform.

ii.Kuaizhou(KZ-1A) is a low-cost, solid-fuel carrier rocket featuring high orbit precision and a short preparation period.

iii.The Rocket is developed by an affiliated company of Sanjiang Group under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) used to launch low-orbit small satellites.

iv.The satellites will also carry out initial pilot IoT applications.

v.This was the ninth mission of the KZ-1A carrier rocket.

About CASIC:

i.In 1999 July, the China Aerospace Corporation was divided into two organizations, China Aerospace Machinery and Electronics Corporation(CAMEC) and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation(CASC)

ii.In 2002 CAMEC renamed as China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation(CASIC).
Chairman- Gao Hongwei
Location- Haidian District, Beijing, China.