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China to Develop New Types of Satellites

Guangming Daily recently reported on the release of the White Book on Chinese Space Missions, which discussed plans to develop new types of satellites over the next five years. The White Book suggested that the new satellites will focus on Earth observation, communications, and broadcasting, as well as navigation and positioning. The goal is to achieve reliable and consistent long term service capabilities. Plans include new generations of weather satellites, environment monitoring satellites, electromagnetic monitoring, experimental satellites, mobile communications satellites, and the regional subsystems of the global positioning system. Key improvements will concentrate on the areas of all weather, full spectrum, high volume, high power, and high resolution capabilities. Plans also include projects for quantum science experimental satellites and dark matter probing satellites.

Source: Guangming Daily, December 29, 2011