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Western Satellite Network Phase 1 launched

By Liao Yuan And Luo Feifei Updated: 2014-06-26

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The first phase of the Western Satellite Network project passed acceptance in Karamay of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on May 29. The acceptance marked the official launch of the project, which will play a vital role in coping with emergencies, rescue, and development of related industries.


Supported by special programs in national strategic emerging industries’ satellite and application development, the project was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, with about 100 million yuan ($12.1 million) in project money in August 2012, and was officially launched in March 2013. It was built by Oil City Data Corp. of Karamay and Astronautic Star Space Technology Application Limited, owned by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).


The project will be completed in three phases. The first phase will provide communication services to Karamay Oilfield and the Karamay region. The second phase will cover a satellite communication network throughout the Xinjiang region, which will also become the largest network in China. Further promotion and application in other western regions of China and Central Asia will be done during the third phase.


An industry scale of 3 billion yuan for the Western Satellite Network project will be formed in three to five years. As scheduled, the first stage of Phase 1 should guarantee integrated service transmission.


After hearing reports on the assessment and acceptance conference, experts agreed that the first stage of Phase 1 was a breakthrough in research and application of key techniques. It had become a stable system meeting the requirements of satellite communication in coping with emergencies during drills organized by Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.


In addition, the experts suggested more efforts be made to promote the project in wider fields and bring greater benefits.


Edited by Nelly Min