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KL Beta A and B

Also called G60 and Songjiang


Designation 49059 / 21070A
49060 / 21070B
Launch date 4 Aug 2021
Country of origin Germany
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 905/916 km
Inclination 89°
Period 103 min
Launch vehicle Long March 6 #7

Built by the Shanghai Institute for Microsatellite Innovation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and are operated by German company KLEO Connect. Will help test new interference suppression technology for Ka-band mobile communications satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) and Geostationary orbit (GEO).

Mass of each satellite estimated at 100 kg

In the the Kleo dispute, the Chinese side claimed that these 2 satellites had nothing to do with the Kleo Connect constellation, but would be related to the G60 Starlink project based in Songjiang. This project aims to launch 1296 satellites in 36 planes.

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