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Long March 2C launched nine Geely Internet satellites for automobiles.

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Geely Constellation Group 01 satellites lift-off from Xichang Spaceport.

Long March 2C liftoff from Xichang SLC, photographed by Li Jianfeng

June 02, 2022 At 04h:00m:336ms UTC (12h:00m:336 ms Beijing) CASC's Long March 2C Y65 carrier rocket lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center and launched the Geely Constellation 01 group of 9 satellites (GeeSAT-1 01-09), and few minutes later the satellites were deployed to the predetermined orbit. The mission was a complete success. This was the all-time high record for the Long March 2C carrier rocket, with 9 payloads in a single launch.

Red Banner; Mission Success

The nine satellites launched this time are all equipped with multi-spectral remote sensing payloads, and will carry out remote sensing application verifications such as future travel, vehicle-machine/mobile phone remote sensing interaction, and marine environmental protection through on-orbit networking

Geespace’s terrestrial base station in Korla, China has reported that they have connected the first nine GeeSAT-1 satellites and which are all functioning correctly post-launch. These first satellites are part of a planned constellation – the “Geely Future Mobility Constellation” – that will consist of 240 satellites, with the first phase of 72 satellites expected to be placed in orbit by 2025. The second phase will follow consisting of 168 satellites.

With the successful launch and operation of Geespace’s first satellites, the company will become one of the world’s first providers of combined commercial Precise Point Positioning and Real-Time Kinematic services (PPP-RTK).

Geespace’s GeeSAT-1 are the first modular, high-resilience, high-performance, mass-produced low-orbit satellites in China. They will provide centimeter-accurate precise positioning and connectivity support for use by automotive brands in the Geely Holding portfolio, enabling true, safe autonomous driving