China’s Wenchang spaceport will build a $ 3 billion supercomputer center (approximately 22,490 crores) by the end of the year to analyze space-based data, according to state media.
With a planned investment of CNY 20 billion (approximately Rs 23,100), the supercomputer center will provide big data services to industries, including the aerospace and maritime sectors, starting in 2022, the state-run Hainan Daily said.
Over the next decade, China envisions massive constellations of commercial satellites that can offer services ranging from high-speed Internet for aircraft to tracking coal supplies.
To meet the demand for satellite launches, China will have to build larger missiles that can carry more satellites or build more launch pads, or both. China currently has four launch sites – three inland and one in Wenchang in Hainan Province.
Earlier this month, the government said it was planning a new trading base in Hainan to meet growing demand for launches.
The government also supports Hainan in its international cooperation in launching commercial satellites and payloads and research and development in commercial space flights.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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