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China launches world's first 6G experimental satellite

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China has launched a 6G experimental satellite to verify the performance of the technology in space as this frequency band will expand from the mmWave frequency to the terahertz frequency.

A report by the Yicai Global website said the satellite was one of 13 put into orbit on 6 November.

The 6G satellite, named after the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, was jointly developed by Chengdu Guoxing Aerospace Technology, UESTC, and Beijing MinoSpace Technology.

The 6G technology is expected to be more than 100 times faster than 5G, making it possible to achieve lossless transmission in space making long-distance communications with lesser power usage possible.

Yicai Global quoted Lu Chuan, head of the UESTC’s Institute of Satellite Industry Technology, as saying that the technology would enable wide use of 6G for satellite Internet.

He said the satellite carried an optical remote sensing load system to monitor crop disasters, prevent forest fires, check forestry resources, and monitor water conservancy and mountain floods, besides providing abundant satellite images and data.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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