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Chinese aerospace giant unveils first smartphone for country’s satellite communications network

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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation s satellite smartphone on display at Airshow China in Zhuhai.

One of China s top aerospace technology companies unveiled the first satellite smartphone designed for use with the country s a first mobile communications satellite, Tiantong-1 TT-1 , at the six-day Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong, which wraps up on Sunday.

The new smartphone, developed by state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation CASC , is scheduled to go on sale in two to three months, where it will compete in a global market dominated by the British Inmarsat system.

We are going to expand our coverage to the whole world by launching a network TT satellites in the next five years

CASC launched TT-1 into an equator-hugging, geostationary orbit about 35,000km above the earth on August 6.

Satellite experts said the new satellite smartphone was a product of the space-based Silk Road , a long-term strategy proposed by Chinese aerospace companies, institutions and scholars to support the country s One Belt, One Road initiative.

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