China Launches Seven Satellites

China successfully launched six Galaxy Aerospace Yinhe Hantian-2 communications satellites to test technology for a large Internet constellation as well as a remote sensing satellite on Saturday.

The launch of the seven satellites aboard a Long March 2C booster was conducted at 2:01 p.m. Beijing time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province.

Galaxy Aerospace’s six Yinhe Hantian-2 satellites are designed to provide 5G Internet service at up to 40 Gbps. They are designed to test technologies for a future constellation that will include 144 satellites.

The Xuanming Xingyuan remote sensing spacecraft is a 6U CubeSat built by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology for SpaceWish.

The launch on Saturday was China’s fifth of 2022. It was the 410th launch in the Long March rocket series.