The Contract for the First Commercial AIS Satellite in China “HEAD-1” Signing

November 1, 2016 is the first day of the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Expo. China HEAD Aerospace Technology Co. and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) successfully signed the "HEAD-1" AIS satellite development contract and Strategic Cooperation Agreement in Zhuhai. As the first domestic AIS commercial satellite, "HEAD-1" is planned to be launched in the first half of 2017 by LM-4C Launcher. The cooperation between HEAD Aerospace and SAST is the symbol of a substantial and breakthrough key step for the "military-civilian integration" mode of cooperation exploration.


Signing of “HEAD-1” Development Contract and Strategic Cooperation Agreement

VP of SAST Mr. Hua Chongzhi and President of HEAD Aerospace Witnessed the Signing Ceremony 

HEAD-1 satellite applies highly integrated “Smart” satellite platform, equipped with the world advanced AIS (Automatic Identification System) payload system, including the sensitive AIS receiver and beam-complementary, ground-fully-covered AIS receiving antenna, which has good detection rate for the ship's high-density and medium density areas. In average, it can decode 2 million messages from not less than 60,000 ships per day.

HEAD Aerospace is a technical innovative and servicing company dedicating in small satellite and constellation. HEAD Aerospace headquartered in Beijing, China, with its subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Italy, France and Hong Kong, and operate globally.

As the main user and sole operator of “HEAD-1” satellite, HEAD Aerospace will carry out the commercial operation based on its AIS system after satellites launching, complete the coverage of global sea area and key river course, realize the position tracking, navigation and AIS data extension applications of global vessels, and serve in China and coastal countries along the "21st century Maritime Silk Road" maritime, ports, shipping, fisheries, finance, insurance and other government departments and agencies.
In the future, based on the successful experience of “HEAD-1” launching, according to the company's global strategic plan, HEAD Aerospace will integrate the advantages of domestic and foreign resources and closely combined with the current small satellite frontier technology and domestic and international end-user application requirements. HEAD Aerospace design the multi-functional small satellite constellation with data collection, maritime, and earth observation payloads, and realize the satellite networking and provide services.


“和德一号”卫星1:1模型

“HEAD-1” Satellite 1:1 Model

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