Car-to-X connectivity: Geely launches its own satellite
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Car manufacturer Geely operates its own satellite network for vehicle communications. At the beginning of June, its subsidiary Geespace launched the first missiles.
Chinese automaker Geely and its subsidiary Geespace have launched their first satellites into space. In the first stage, by 2025, Geely wants to put 72 satellites into orbit. In the second step, another 168 satellites will be launched – a total of 240 rockets into space.
With its “GeeSAT-1” low-orbit satellite, Geely wants to implement “accurate positioning and communication support for its vehicle models”. Among other things, vehicles must be able to communicate with other vehicles or infrastructure. According to Geely, the first applications initially include logistics projects, such as real-time management and real-time transportation control.
In addition, the automaker wants to help protect the environment by using satellites to identify fields of garbage in the sea that need to be cleaned up. Geespace sees more possibilities in infrastructure services, smart mobility applications, entertainment electronics and smart cities. “Geely Future Mobility Constellation” is the name of the project.
Lifetime Five Years – No Space Junk
According to Geely, the GeeSAT-1 satellite launched now is China’s first mass standard satellite. According to Geespace, their term of service is five years. After that, the rockets will disintegrate in the Earth’s atmosphere without leaving space debris.
Geespace is a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely Technology Group and is the first developer, operator and large-scale manufacturer of commercial low orbit satellites in China. The company operates ground stations in Qingdao, Taizhou, Korla, Chengdu and Harbin. With the network, the company wants to cover the Chinese market and the Asia-Pacific region; After 2026, Geespace plans to have global coverage.
Since its establishment in 2018, Geespace has built an industrial chain for the development, production and operation of satellites. They include R&D centers in Shanghai, Xi’an and Nanjing, operations centers in Guangzhou and Qingdao, business development centers in Beijing and a highly automated satellite testing and production facility in Taizhou.
Planned: global coverage from 2026
Commercial satellites are under construction in the production and testing center since the beginning of September 2021. The annual capacity is 500 units. According to Geely, GeeSAT-1 is the first of Geespace’s other satellite models. According to Geely, the sale of satellites to third parties is also possible.