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Hongyan Low-orbit Internet Satellite System Unveiled at Zhuhai Air Show
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2018-11-16

ZHUHAI, Nov. 11 (China Space News) -- A global low-orbit Internet satellite system was unveiled on Thursday at the ongoing 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province.

Named the Hongyan Global Satellite Constellation Communication System, it was launched by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and is planned to complete in 2020. The system is to consist of 300 low-orbit small satellites and a global data processing center. It is capable of providing users with all-weathered real-time two-way telecommunication at full time and under complex terrain conditions and with global real-time data and integrated information services, .

The Hongyan system is also capable of global navigation enhancement, providing more accurate navigation and positioning services for unmanned vehicles and drones. The system's first satellite is scheduled to be launched by the end of this year, and it is planned to realize global coverage by 2025.

The week-long Airshow China kicked off on Tuesday. The biannual event is the country's biggest gathering of aircraft makers and buyers since it was launched in Zhuhai in 1996.