Over the weekend, China launched a satellite into low-earth orbit, the first step of a plan toÂ provide global satellite internetÂ to people who still donâ€™t have reliable access. Nearly 3.8 billion peopleÂ are unconnected to the internet, and women and rural poor are particularly affected.China got on the bandwagon to provide global satellite internet
The satellite, called Hongyun-1, took off at Chinaâ€™s national launching site Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Saturday (Dec. 22). Hongyun-1, or â€œrainbow cloud,â€ is the first of 156 satellites of the same name developed by state-owned spacecraft makerÂ China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). A Long March 11 rocket, made by another state-owned firm, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, carried the Hongyun-1.