A Chinese company wants to launch a megaconstellation of 10,000 satellites
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A Chinese company wants to launch a megaconstellation of 10,000 satellites

Another (very) hard blow for astronomers and astrophysicists. Following the launch of SpaceX’s mega-constellation of Starlink satellites, as well as OneWeb, Chinese company LandSpace is announcing its desire to launch its own. And this will be important as the firm hopes to place 10,000 telecommunications satellites in low orbit.

Over 30,000 Chinese satellites (excitement, excitement, excitement…)

LandSpace, known for being the first to launch a satellite into orbit using a liquid methane booster, is now looking to invest more systematically in Earth’s neighborhood. The Asian company has informed the International Telecommunication Union, the UN agency specializing in this field, of its desire to launch the Honghu-3 project, which aims to launch 10,000 satellites into orbit, distributed among 160 orbital planes.

With so many satellites, LandSpace’s idea is clear: to directly compete with industry leader SpaceX and its Starlink megaconstellation, which already has more than 5,000 satellites and plans to increase the number to 12,000 by 2025. An American private company wants to align the orbit of its telecommunications satellites, and the same goes for China. The Guowang and G60 programs were designed to send 13,000 and 12,000 satellites, respectively.

With all these wonderful people above our heads, it will be increasingly difficult to explore the mysteries of the Universe, while not forgetting the dangers of space debris in orbit.

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