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China builds satellite ground base in Antarctica

China builds satellite ground base in Antarctica

The 5 february, China announces son intention to build a ground station in Antarctica to support its ocean monitoring satellite network.

Geopolitical conflicts prior to construction

Deployment of satellite network to monitor China's oceans sparks spying fears among neighbors. In 2020, the historical Swedish supplier of ground stations for the flight and data transmission of Chinese spacecraft, the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), discontinued its collaboration due to “changes” geopolitics. Chinese interference in Sweden hastened the end of affairs.

Never mind, l’Aerospace Planning and Design Group Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, [China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation] takes over. With a capital of 6 millions of euros, it will build the ground station at Zhongshan in Antarctica, one of the two bases that China has in the region.

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