China is researching and developing a constellation of satellites, named Queqiao or Magpie Bridge, providing telecommunications, navigation and remote sensing services for deep space exploration.
The Long March-2D rocket launched the Dao Cam-36 satellite into space on December 15, 2022.
The Long March-2D booster rocket launched the Cao Cao-36 satellite into space on December 15, 2022. (Photo provided by: THX/VNA)
The above information was given by Senior Space Expert Wu Yanhua, Head of Deep Space Exploration Project, at the 1st International Conference on Deep Space Exploration, held in the city of Hefei, capital of the government of Anhui province in eastern China.
According to Wu Yanhu, the experimental satellite cluster will be developed by the country around 2030 to support phase 4 of the lunar exploration program and the construction of an international lunar research station. The country will then develop a standard group of core satellites around 2040 to perform regional navigation tasks and provide manned lunar exploration and deep space exploration services to other planets like Mars and Venus.
China plans to expand the satellite cluster around 2050 to provide exploration services for Mars, Venus, giant planets as well as fringes of the solar system.
According to the China National Space Administration (ϹNSA), the country plans to launch a relay satellite Queqiao-2, Hay Magpie Bridge-2, communication mission between the far side of the Moon and the Earth, in 2024. This satellite serves as a relay platform for phase 4 of the lunar exploration program, providing communication services for the moons. Chang’e (Chang’e) 4, Chang’e 6, Chang’e 7 and Chang’e 8 mission.
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