CAS planning to launch 72 small satellites for IoT

 A research institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has announced a constellation program, planning to launch 72 small satellites for the Internet of Things ( IoT ) in the next three years.

CAS planning to launch 72 small satellites for IoT

The program will be implemented by Beijing-based private satellite company “Commsat,” which was funded by the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the CAS. A total of eight communication satellites of the program were sent into space last year for in-orbit tests.

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The company plans to initiate the commercial use of the program in 2020 with a launch of another four satellites, and to complete a global deployment of the constellation of 72 low-earth orbit satellites
for the IoT by the end of 2022.

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These satellites will serve different segments including wildlife protection, field emergency rescue, vehicle and ship monitoring and logistics tracing, a CAS source said.

In February 2018, the company launched a satellite called Young Pioneer 1, an education satellite that provides students of primary and secondary schools with experiences like wireless communication and space photography.

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Last December, seven small satellites called the “ladybeetle series” manufactured by the company were sent into space. They are used to test a closed-loop system for the Internet of Things ( IoT ), which includes satellites, cloud computing platforms, ground control stations and terminals.

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