China launched a satellite with artificial intelligence for the first time in the world
China’s Taiyuan Center has carried out the world’s first commercial launch of a hypersatellite with artificial intelligence.
The commercial hypersatellite, named Rongpiao or Xingshidai-18, was developed by Guoxing Aerospace Technology Co. in the city of Chengdu in the province of Sichuan. It is a new satellite with an integrated sensing network equipped with the company’s own smart system.
Rongpiao is designed to perform in-orbit validation of the Synaesthesia Fusion AI algorithm. It will provide the ability to operate a remote integrated platform for future communication networks.
The Smart Dragon-3 (SD-3) launch vehicle launched from a floating platform off the coast of Yangjiang City in southern China’s Guangdong Province. It carried a cluster of nine satellites, including a commercial hypersatellite with artificial intelligence and a satellite in a deep retrograde orbit (DRO). In addition, SD-03 launched the Egyptian NExSat-1 satellite into orbit. This mission was the third for the SD-03 launch vehicle.
Earlier it became known that China decided to form its own worldwide network of more than 26 thousand satellites. This will allow the country to become a world space power by 2030, as well as deploy 6G networks by 2034.
The bulk of the launches will be carried out by the government’s China Satellite Network Group. The company will produce 13,000 satellites, of which 1,300 are planned to be launched from 2024 to 2029.