China applies electric propulsion technology to newly launched satellite
An ion thruster independently developed by Chinese researchers has been applied to China's newly launched high-throughput communications satellite, the country's first.
The satellite, named Shijian-13, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 7:04 p.m. Wednesday.
It is the first time that China has applied electric propulsion technology on a communications satellite, said Zhang Tianping, general manager of the electric propulsion business division under the Lanzhou Institute of Physics.
Shijian-13 has a higher message capacity than all of China's previous communications satellites combined and will provide better Internet access in less-developed regions, as well as on planes and high-speed trains.
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