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China takes lead in space technology in 2018

(People's Daily Online)    16:40, January 31, 2018

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Following the successful operation of China’s first high-throughput communication satellite the Shijian-13 in January, there are now over 170 Chinese satellites working in outer space, a number that marks the country’s progress towards becoming a “space superpower.”

Serving as China’s space debut in 2018, the high-orbit satellite has finished a two-way high-speed laser communication test between the satellite and the ground station, the first of its kind in the world. The satellite is also able to provide 26 user beams covering China’s remote areas, which provides services for long-distance learning, medicine, and emergency communications.

“We’ve been conducting research on the new generation of the Shijian satellite. We want to build a high-throughput satellite with a capacity of 500G, helping China to achieve its national strategy to build a broadband country,” Li Feng, chief designer of Shijian-13, told People’s Daily.

China has been making great efforts to become a space superpower. During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, space experts noted that the country will become a world space power by 2045 in an all-round way, catching up with the US in some key aerospace projects, a claim that echoes the strategic goal on aerospace capabilities put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The country has also made great achievements in space technologies in recent years. In 2016, the world’s first quantum satellite, nicknamed “Micius” after an ancient Chinese scientist, lifted off from a Long March 2-D rocket to establish “hack-proof” quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground.

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