China has successfully launched the world’s first 6G satellite into space to test the new technology. The satellite entered orbit along with 12 other satellites at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province.
This will test high-speed technology, which is estimated to be a hundred times faster than 5G technology and will be one of the basic elements of sixth-generation communications.
What 6G technology launched by China entails
The satellite also carries technology that will be used to monitor agricultural disasters and prevent forest fires, the same source said.
The 6G satellite is one of three Chinese satellites successfully launched into orbit, along with ten other commercial remote sensing satellites developed by the Argentine company Satellogic. Named after the Chinese University of Science and Technology, the satellite was developed by Chengdu Guoxing Aerospace Technology, UESTC and Beijing MinoSpace Technology.
It will be used to check the performance of 6G technology in space, as the 6G frequency band will expand from the 5G wave frequency to the terahertz frequency. The satellite is thus the first technical test of the application of terahertz communication in space, said Xu Yangsheng, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The technology is expected to be more than a hundred times faster than 5G, allowing lossless transmission in space, to achieve long-distance communications with less power, reports BBC Digi24.
According to the Asia Times, 6G technology is still in its infancy and needs to overcome several technical hurdles in basic research, hardware design and its impact on the environment before the technology becomes commercially available.
Moreover, some scientists have worried that the new 6G infrastructure, increased integration of space-to-ground-to-sea communications technologies and the use of a new frequency range to transmit data could affect astronomical instruments or public health, or they may be too expensive or unsafe for researchers to use.