China puts second Tiantong-1 mobile communications satellite into orbit

Thursday 19 November 2020 | 10:24 CET | News

China sent its Tiantong-1 (02) mobile communications satellite into an orbit high above Earth on 12 November, according to Space.com. Tiantong-1 (02), the second satellite for China's mobile communication system, will serve users in China and the surrounding region, including parts of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on the back of a Long March 3B rocket. 

It is part of a mobile network, together with ground facilities and user terminals to provide mobile communication services including voice, short text message and data. 

Tiantong-1 (01), the first satellite for the mobile communication system, launched in August 2016. Both satellites were created by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), an arm of China's main space contractor China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, or CASC. 

The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre will host three more launches in the next two months, including the follow-up Tiantong-1 (03) communications satellite and the Gaofen-14 Earth observation satellite. China has now carried out 34 launches in 2020.

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