On April 2nd, 2019, the Centre organized the 5th technical visit to the Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd. (21AT). Participants from 2018 MASTA&DOCSTA Program attended this visit and gave high praise to it. Here is one journal article from Mr. BIJAN MOUSAVI, a 2018 MASTA participant in GNSS from Iran:
By brief introduction of Mr. Xu Xin, Director of Business of Development of 21AT Company, the visit started.
Then Ms. Zhang Nannan, delivered a further detailed introduction of the company as well as Beijing series satellites. After break time, we had question and answer part, during which classmates asked all their questions and discussed with the experts of the company.
I truly believe that Technical visit is very important for our participants, because it offers the practical experience of observing the new technology, applications and developed world. Through this visit, I learned some new technology and utilization which would certainly become an advantage for my upcoming days.
The Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd (21AT), was founded on 6th June 2001 in Beijing and it was the first and only operational commercial EO satellite operator and service provider in China. The company currently has more than 400 full time employees. It owns and operates the Beijing series of low cost EO small satellites from its satellite control & image tasking and receiving stations. Its first satellite – Beijing-1 was launched in 2005, which was named DMC+4 and is one of five satellites in Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC). The second generation of Beijing series satellite is the Triple-Sat Constellation launched on 10 July 2015 which named as Beijing-II in domestic market of China.
The company is capable to provide products and services for the entire space Geo-information value chain from satellite procurement/financing, satellite housekeeping, payload & satellite resources management, tasking, data acquisition, image processing, hosting/archiving, data management/distribution, multiple satellite source integration through its web portal, sophisticated Geo-information services, to application software development and integrated solutions.