China: A Chinese delegation has proposed to Roscosmos to deliberate on the possibility of development of a joint global satellite communications system, which would be akin to UK’s OneWeb satellite constellation or Starlink, reported Sputnik.
China is considering a possibility of building a national satellite communications system of about 1,000 spacecraft located in low, medium and geostationary orbit.
“The Chinese delegation proposed to create a Russian-Chinese system with the obligation for each party to create half of the orbital satellite constellation and take 50 percent of costs,” Sputnik added.
Roscosmos has not commented on the proposal so far.
In May, Russian Space Systems (RSS) presented a project of the new Russian global satellite communications system ETHER that should consist of 288 satellites with an orbit altitude of 870 kilometers (540.5 miles). The project would require an investment of 300 billion rubles ($4.87 billion).
OneWeb is a UK space project, which is expected to provide global Internet broadband service to individual consumers as early as 2019.