China to launch over 50 small satellites

07 Nov 2006

(Business Daily Update via NewsEdge) China will launch more than 50 small satellites, each weighing less than 1,000kg, in the next five to ten years, according to a Chinese space company.

"The 50 small satellites and their systems will be widely applied in observation, scientific experiments and environment and disaster monitoring," said a source with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), adding that 200-300 small satellites would be launched globally in the next five to ten years.

China has launched several high-performance small satellites, such as the HY-1A ocean monitoring satellite, since 2001.

According to a CASIC spokesperson, China has world-leading technologies in building small satellites, adding that the country is actively researching a new type of small carrier rocket to meet the increasing satellite demand and will conduct the first launch around 2010.

© 2006 Business Daily Update

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