China managed to deploy its locally developed satellite this Wednesday. The Tiantong 1-03 telecommunication satellite left the Xichang Satellite Launch Center from the southern part of Sichuan Province, initiating the first launch since the year began. This satellite sets the satellite industry’s pace and allows the local satellite operators to delve into this technology fully. The satellite departed China at about 0:25 local time via the Long March 3B host rocket. The China National Space Administration announced via the country’s Global Times that the satellite had faithfully reached its orbital path.

Tiantong-1 satellite is a product of the China Academy of Space Technology, which is a subset of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC). The country can boast of developing this satellite without depending on foreign partners and eventually sending it to its orbit. The satellite is subdivided into three sections: the user terminal, the space capsule, and the ground segment.

The purpose of deploying the satellite to space is to deliver consistent and reliable communication services ranging from voice and short messages to data transfer in China and its close neighbors. If the satellite had more potential, it would serve part of the Middle East, Africa, and some Asia regions. Additionally, the people dwelling in islands or archipelagoes in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean will enjoy the services of the satellite if it is compatible with their systems.

This mission marks the 358th launch for the Long March series of rockets. A notable feature of this mission is that it allows for the rocket’s booster’s reusability in other missions. The Long March rocket developers have strived for a long to witness this technology coming into action. This wait has been worth it since it has facilitated the rockets’ upgrade to the best version gaining many customers’ trust, resulting in the record 358 missions.

Additionally, the system became the first to involve the operation of automated systems detaching from the need to create files. This move has updated the efficiency levels and depreciated risks associated with crucial data handling machines’ manual operation. CASC explained that this year’s launch mission target is 40 in addition to developing the country’s first space station. Finally, China’s Tianwen-1 mission heading for Mars exploration was part of the targets, with the leaders opting to pause on further details of this mission until it matures to the level they want.

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By Adam