Geespace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely Technology Group, has successfully launched its first nine satellites into low earth orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. They will provide centimetre accurate precise positioning and connectivity support for use by automotive brands in the Geely Holding portfolio, enabling autonomous driving that will connect vehicles with vehicles and infrastructure with vehicles to realise true autonomous driving.
These first satellites are part of a planned constellation – the “Geely Future Mobility Constellation” – that will consist of 240 satellites, with the first phase of 72 satellites expected to be placed in orbit by 2025.
The second phase will follow consisting of 168 satellites.
Planned applications in the near future include working with logistic sector partners to create the first one-stop logistics monitoring service platform with real-time management and control of the transportation process.
They will also empower the upcoming Asian Games with high-precision positioning, remote sensing, and satellite communication services.
Tony Wang, CEO and Chief Scientist of Geespace, says: “Many favourable factors such as policy support and market demand is accelerating the growth of the commercial aerospace sector. 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.”
He adds: “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.”
Since its formation in 2018, Geespace has built up a full industrial chain for the development, production, and operation of satellites with R&D centres in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Nanjing, operations centres in Guangzhou and Qingdao, business development centres in Beijing and Taizhou, and a highly automated intelligent satellite testing and production facility in Taizhou