China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group unveiled the first nine satellites in a series of 240 spacecraft astronauts on Thursday, launching a project deployment phase to provide navigation and communication between vehicles in private vehicles.
Nine GeeSAT 1 satellites launched at 0400 GMT (midnight EDT) on Thursday over the Long March 2C rocket from Xichang space station in Sichuan province, in southwestern China. Chinese officials said the launch was successful after a two-phase launcher, 138 meters long (42 meters), unloaded nine satellites in Earth’s orbit.
Airspace warning notices indicated that the Long March 2C rocket flew southeast from Xichang, heading for orbit in the middle.
Geely, an independent company and one of China’s largest automakers, has led the development of GeeSAT satellites through a company under its name, Geospace. In a press release after the launch, Geely said the underground station received signals from all nine satellites after they arrived in orbit, confirming that the spacecraft was operating as expected.
Satellites are the first to launch the Geely Future Mobility Constellation, a network designed to help self-propelled vehicles roam and provide car-to-car communication links.
Geely said the network will provide information to stop the level of inches in self-driving cars, allowing corporate vehicles to “see real autonomous driving.”
The company said that the first 72 Geely constellation satellites will be launched in 2025, including the nine spacecraft used Thursday. The second phase of distribution will add another 168 satellites to the ship, and Geely’s first two satellites were missing in the launch last year.
Satellites carry navigation, communications, and remote sensing loads, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., China’s largest space business. C.A.S.C. subsidiaries provided Geely launch.
Geely said the satellites are designed for five years and will return to Earth’s atmosphere at the end of their missions, burning without leaving any debris in space.
GeeSAT’s first satellites will provide location information, remote sensor data, and the 2022 Asian Games connection, Geely said. The spacecraft will also support the protection of marine ecosystems.
Geely said its satellite star would first provide services in the Asia-Pacific region and then expand to reach the rest of the world after 2026. Participating group companies include Volvo, a Swedish automaker, and Geely automotive products manufactured in China.