Geely Launches Into the Final Frontier with Satellites for Autonomous Cars

Source: Geely, Geespace

China’s Geely Group – via a subsidiary called Geespace – has taken a step into space with the launch of nine satellites into low earth orbit.

Launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, in Sichuan, southwest China, the GeeSAT-1 satellites are part of a massive, planned constellation – called the “Geely Future Mobility Constellation” – that will consist of 240 satellites.

The satellites are designed to provide precise positioning and connectivity support for Geely’s automotive brands and will, the company says, connect vehicles with vehicles, as well as infrastructure with vehicles, to help realise autonomous driving.

With the successful launch and operation of Geespace’s first satellites, the company will become one of the world’s first providers of combined commercial, highly accurate, Precise Point Positioning and Real-Time Kinematic services, and planned applications in the near future include working with the logistic sector to create a logistics monitoring service platform with real-time management and control of the transportation process. Other potential services the system
could provide include mapping and drone navigation.

The satellites will be used for the upcoming Asian Games in September delivering with high-precision positioning, remote sensing, and satellite communication services.

“By establishing the Geely Future Mobility Constellation, Geespace is positioning itself to meet future user demands for high-precision positioning, space-based communication, and remote sensing services,” said Tony Wang, CEO and Chief Scientist of Geespace.

“In addition, by offering Geespace’s expertise and capabilities in commercial satellite production, AIT services, and satellite support infrastructure services to customers, new opportunities to develop have been opened in various sectors including smart mobility, consumer electronics, unmanned systems, smart cities, and environmental protection.”

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2022) 

10 June 2022

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