China wants 13,000 LEO satellites

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China reportedly has plans to build and launch almost 13,000 new broadband satellites in a massive constellation.

In essence there are two phases planned, dubbed GW-A59 and GW-2, accoirdng to the Dongfang Hour podcast.

Dongfang says that the two phases will absorb 7 sub-constellations within the plan. In total 12,922 satellites are involved.

The scheme reflects filings made with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for a “GW” fleet of satellites flying at a Low Earth orbit. The latest GW filing was made on April last year.


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