China plans to launch its first e-commerce satellite in 2017, with the primary purpose of using satellite data in agriculture. The plan was announced on Monday [31 October 2016] during an international aviation and aerospace forum in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, China Aerospace Museum and Juhuasuan, an arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2016

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  • In September 2016, Alibaba’s Juhuasuan announced plans to launch an e-commerce satellite to sell vegetables and other commodities.
  • In March 2010, Taobao (see Alibaba Group) launched Juhuasuan, an e-commerce site that sells a diverse set of consumables (e.g. clothing, food, appliances, etc.).
  • Launched in 2000, China’s Bei Dou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is a global navigation satellite system and was the third such system to be launched after the USA’s GPS and Russia’s GLONASS systems.

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