China Successfully Launches World’s First 6G Experiment Satellite
The devices were put into space by a Long March-6 carrier rocket that blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China Central Television (CCTV) reports.
The 6G satellite was among three Chinese satellites successfully launched into orbit, along with 10 commercial remote sensing satellites developed by Argentinian company Satellogic.
Named after the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the satellite was jointly developed by Chengdu Guoxing Aerospace Technology, UESTC, and Beijing MinoSpace Technology.
It will be used to verify the performance of 6G technology in space as the 6G frequency band will expand from the 5G millimeter wave frequency to terahertz frequency.
Terahertz (THz) transmission is a complementary wireless technology for communication networks, which allow high-speed wireless extension of the optical fibers beyond the newly introduced fifth-generation (5G) communication network.
High-speed technology will be one of the core elements of sixth-generation communications.
The technology is also expected to be over 100 times faster than 5G, enabling lossless transmission in space to achieve long-distance communications with a smaller power output.
According to Lu Chuan, head of the UESTC’s Institute of Satellite Industry Technology revealed that the technology will allow terahertz to be widely used in satellite internet.
Lu noted that the satellite carries an optical remote sensing load system to monitor crop disasters, prevent forest fires, check forestry resources and monitor water conservancy and mountain floods as well as provide abundant satellite images and data.
Also speaking, Xu Yangsheng, an academician at Chinese Academy of Engineering, said the satellite is the first technical test of terahertz communication’s application in space.
According to China Daily, 6G technology is still in its infancy and must overcome several technical hurdles in basic research, hardware design, and its environmental impact before the technology becomes commercially available.
The success of 6G technology is expected to overthrow fifth Generation (5G) wireless technology, which delivers fast speed network and sustain a highly concentrated number of devices.