China launches 1st mobile telecom satellite [IR, S&T, Prelims]
- China successfully launched the first satellite for mobile telecommunication, Tiantong-01.
- It will establish a mobile network with ground facilities, providing services for China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas.
- t is the first satellite of China’s home-made satellite mobile telecom system, and a key part of the country’s space information infrastructure.
- More geostationary satellites will be sent into orbit for the system.
- Tiantong-01 was designed by China Academy of Space Technology and its ground service will be operated by China Telecom.