China to launch 300 low-orbit satellites to provide worldwide communication services

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China today said, it plans to launch 300 low-orbit satellites to provide worldwide communication services, with the first in the series to be launched later this year. Known as the Hongyan constellation, the first in the 300-satellite array, is set to be launched by the end of this year. The constellation will be built in three stages.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said, once completed, the satellite communication network will take the place of the ground-based network and allow a mobile phone to be connected everywhere on the planet, either in a remote desert or at sea.

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