On 22 June, China SatNet and the City of Chongqing signed a cooperation agreement, whereby China SatNet will try to leverage some existing projects in Chongqing, likely referring to Hongyan and related projects.
Chongqing was, and in theory still is, the main focus city for CASC’s LEO broadband constellation project, Hongyan. This has involved significant investment by CASC, likely into a factory(ies) for satellites, and various R&D into LEO satellite applications. We have also seen significant investment into a space industry infrastructure by the Liangjiang New Area, a national-level New Area in Chongqing, this including OneSpace having built facilities there. By coming to Chongqing multiple times (they came again in May 2021), the SatNet leadership is apparently promising some level of involvement to the traditional space giant’s LEO investment.
It will be interesting to see when the SatNet leadership makes a pilgrimage to Wuhan, where CASIC has built a large satellite factory that could be put to use on building SatNet satellites. Another area of note would be Shanghai, where the CAS Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites has built a large satellite factory and R&D center in the Lingang Free Trade Zone, and potentially Guangzhou, where CAS Space and GeeSpace have contributed to a growing space industry hub.